Patients with diabetes are more prone to foot problems because of diabetic nerve damage, or 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 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 should be done after diabetic gangrene is treated?
It is important to keep your skin clean and to wash 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. You should also ensure that you are getting regular exercise to speed healing.
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.