Diabetic Foot Care
Our Award-Winning Physicians Can Help With Your Diabetic Foot Care
If you have diabetes mellitus, your feet are at risk.
Diabetes can cause two major complications: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation. Neuropathy causes loss of feeling in your feet, resulting in your inability to feel pain or detect damage to your feet that needs immediate treatment. Poor circulation, meanwhile, leads to your inability to heal wounds.
The statistics are dire. About 25% of the diabetic population will develop foot ulceration during the life of the disease. Of those, 20% will require an amputation to stop a progressing infection—a toe, a foot, or even part of the leg.
Fortunately, these complications can be avoided. Good blood sugar control will prevent you from developing neuropathy and poor circulation. However, if you already have neuropathy or poor circulation, start protecting your feet today.
The good news for you is that foot ulcerations can be prevented, even if you already suffer from some form of neuropathy or poor circulation. We will be able to tell you ways to prevent complications that could occur to your foot. We will start by evaluating your feet and then determining your risk level. From there we will establish the proper care you will need. Simple things that you can start today are listed below:
- Check your feet daily. Look at your feet for any cuts or open wounds. If you are unable to look at the bottom of your foot, place a mirror on the ground and look that way. If any problems arise come in immediately.
- Do not walk barefoot. Walking barefoot will expose your foot to hitting or stepping on something. Protect your skin from breaking open and you can stop an infection!
- Check your shoes. Ensure that there is nothing in your shoe that could harm you.
- Use a moisturizing cream. Apply it daily to twice daily to keep the skin soft. This will prevent dry, cracked skin that can become infected.
We offer diabetic shoes to help protect your feet from complications. We are proud to be one of the few offices in the Waco area offering them. Do not trust the local shoe store to know what shoe is best for you. Trust our podiatrists, who have the knowledge and training to know what is best for you.
These shoes are not the “Frankenstein” shoes you are used to seeing. There have been great improvements in the design of diabetic shoes, with many fashionable styles available for both many and women. Diabetic shoes are often covered by your insurance, so be sure to ask us about getting a pair during your checkup.
All people with diabetes should get a podiatric checkup at least once per year, and should schedule an appointment immediately if any ulcers or other problems develop. You can contact the diabetic foot care experts at Waco Foot & Ankle online, or by calling (254) 776-6995.
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Woodway, TX 76712