Southeastern Wound Healing Center physicians state that at least seven patients suffering from diabetes receive a foot or leg amputation approximately every hour. Diabetes is known for being the cause of neuropathy, which decreases sensation and awareness of any foot injuries or conditions.
According to Scott Covington, MD, “The disease is responsible for being the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents, according to Southeastern Health. Unfortunately, patients afflicted are confronted with multiple challenges during the healing process” Southeastern Wound Healing Center physicians recommend that diabetics perform a manual inspection of their feet on a daily basis.
If you are diabetic, consult with podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia can treat any conditions you may have regarding your diabetic feet.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.
Caring for Diabetic Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.
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