If you have diabetes, it’s important to have regular medical check-ups to detect and treat any issues before they become more serious. Prairie Orthopaedics offers comprehensive diabetic foot care services, including inspections, routine nail care, surgical care, and more.
It’s not uncommon for diabetes to cause nerve damage in the feet, also called Charcot’s. In addition, the disease can damage blood vessels and restricts blood flow to the feet. This can lead to weakened bones and joints in the lower extremities.
The most common signs of Charcot’s foot is swelling and redness in the foot and ankle, even without obvious injury. X-Rays will be done for further diagnosis.
Nerve damage and poor circulation are common in people with diabetes. There are many steps a patient can follow to monitor a diabetic foot, even if they do not yet have the symptoms.
• Wash and inspect your feet every day. This will improve circulation while giving the patient time to check for any signs of Charcot foot.
• Moisturize the foot to prevent cracks that may lead to infections
• Always keep both feet warm to promote circulation
• Avoid or stop smoking, as smoking damages the blood vessels and can hinder circulation.
• Avoid walking barefoot, as the nerve damage may cause an injury, such as a cut, to go unnoticed.
• When inspecting, look for wounds, bruises, redness, ulcers, nail problems and other abnormal damage.
We provide care for patients who are at risk for foot and leg amputation due to diabetes, infections, or other serious diseases. Limb preservation methods include both surgical and nonsurgical practices.