Patients with diabetes are more prone to foot problems because of diabetic nerve damage, neuropathy, and insufficient blood circulation. Foot ulcers and other wounds may not be able to heal properly because of these conditions. At Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists, our doctors provide podiatric treatments for diabetic patients to support their healing.
Treatment in our Newtown, PA office can even save toes, feet, or legs from amputation.
Learn about nerve damage and blood circulation in diabetic patients below.
Diabetic nerve damage can cause pain or numbness in the feet, which makes it difficult for patients to recognize that they may have an injury. Patients with neuropathy may continue walking on injured feet and may not seek treatment in a timely manner as a result.
Without efficient blood flow circulation, it is difficult for injuries to heal. Small cuts or wounds can also quickly become infected without the proper blood flow. Just like with neuropathy, patients with diabetes may not be aware that they have a significant injury because of this.
Our podiatrists can help preserve as much healthy tissue as possible to avoid amputation from nerve damage and insufficient blood circulation.
How Foot and Limb Salvage Works
Before treatment, one of our specialists will assess your needs and discuss your budget and goals with you. Our aim is to provide the most comfortable and comprehensive treatment possible. We have experience in treating severe foot and ankle damage but we want to help you get treatment before infection progresses.
The professionals at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bucks County offer these procedures to patients:
- Joint reconstruction
- Draining fluid
- Advanced wound healing techniques
- Removing damaged tissue from wounds, ulcers, and infections
Our podiatrists will pick and choose treatment based on your specific needs. Some procedures can be done at the same time for optimal results.
To prevent recurring issues after treatment, patients should:
- Keep toenails trimmed
- Monitor blood sugar
- Take all medications as directed
- Wear clean and dry socks
- Check feet daily for changes
By working closely with one of our podiatrists, you can ensure that infection is kept at bay.
Treating Feet and Limbs FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions relating to the treatment of feet and limbs:
What is diabetic gangrene?
Diabetic gangrene is a complication of diabetes that we often treat in the feet. Here, reduced blood flow and a compromised immune function leads to tissue death in the feet. In most cases, it is caused by a bacterial infection in a wound or ulcer that progresses, resulting in tissue decay.
What is the treatment for diabetic gangrene?
Treatment for diabetic gangrene involves antibiotics for the infection and removal of the dead tissue. In the most severe cases, the foot will need to be amputated to prevent the spread of the infection. For this reason, it is very important to monitor your feet often if you suffer from diabetes. A small cut can advance into an infection that can turn serious very quickly.
What should be done after diabetic gangrene is treated?
It is important to keep your skin clean and to wash your feet daily. You should keep off your feet as much as possible following treatment. You may need to apply an antibiotic ointment to the treated area and change bandages.
Can neuropathy be cured?
Yes, fibers can regenerate and neuropathy can be cured, but it is important to get treatment early. Additionally, diabetic neuropathy may improve with blood sugar control. You should also ensure that you are getting regular exercise, making lifestyle changes, taking the appropriate medications, and attending any necessary physical therapy, to speed healing.
What are foot ulcers and what causes them?
A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot that is commonly caused by diabetes-related neuropathy. They can be caused by other things such as pressure from shoes, injuries, or infections however they are most often seen in patients with diabetes.
How are foot ulcers treated?
Foot ulcers can be difficult to treat in people with diabetes. Treatment will involve cleaning the wound and applying dressings. Antibiotics will be used if an infection is present. It is important to put as little pressure as possible on the ulcer. Regular dressing changes and proper wound care are necessary for healing. Early detection and treatment will ensure effective healing and prevent further complications.
Can foot ulcers lead to amputation?
It is possible for severe foot ulcers to necessitate amputation. However, with early detection, proper treatment, and compliance with your wound care, you can prevent your risk of amputation.
How long does it take for a foot ulcer to heal?
Your healing time will depend on the size and severity of your ulcer, overall health, and how well your diabetes is being managed. Some ulcers heal in a few weeks while others take several months. Compliance with your treatment plan and wound care is crucial.
How did a small cut on my foot turn into a major infection?
Patients with diabetes have poor circulation or nerve damage in their legs. This reduces their ability to feel or notice small injuries like a simple cut on the foot. When this small injury goes unnoticed, it can easily become infected due to bacteria. Diabetes also weakens the immune system and makes it harder to fight the infection. Additionally, high blood sugar levels help out bacterial growth.
How can I prevent ulcers and open sores?
The best thing you can do is simply manage your diabetes properly, take care overall health, and maintain proper hygiene. It is imperative to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Also, keep your feet clean and nails trimmed at all times. Inspect your feet often to look for signs of sores or cuts and seek medical attention right away if you see any. Lastly, wear shoes that fit well.
Schedule an Exam and Consultation Today
If you have diabetes and are worried about foot problems, call our experienced doctors at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists today at 215.234.3772. You can also schedule an appointment with our professionals online. We will work with you during each stage of the treatment process to ensure everything runs smoothly.