Even with careful prevention, about 15% of people with diabetes develop diabetic ulcers. Because diabetes affects your nervous system, you may develop an ulcer and not even feel it — potentially jeopardizing your foot. If you need diabetic foot care, trust the expertise of board-certified podiatrists Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, a branch of Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Call today to learn more about diabetic foot care or book online.
If you have diabetes, your condition makes it more difficult to keep your feet healthy. Diabetes may cause nerve damage and reduce blood flow to your feet. As a result, you may lose sensation in your feet and take longer to heal from a foot injury or infection. You may develop diabetic ulcers or other foot wounds.
The good news is there are simple, preventive steps you can take to avoid serious foot problems. These steps include:
If you do develop a wound or diabetic ulcer, apply topical medication to prevent infection and gently remove dead skin. Try to take the pressure off of your feet by wearing orthotics, custom footwear, or a brace. Using crutches can also be beneficial.
If your wound becomes infected, it’s time to visit the board-certified podiatrists at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, who are experts in diabetic foot care. They recommend the right treatment for you based on the severity of the infection or ulcer.
For minor wounds, your treatment typically includes antibiotics and soothing treatments, such as prescription topical medications and bandaging.
However, you may need surgery for a severe ulcer that doesn’t respond to treatment. The team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, is highly skilled in several surgical treatments for diabetic foot damage. They may recommend surgery to correct bone deformities in your feet or suggest a procedure to shave off or remove bone to relieve pressure on your foot.
Charcot foot is a rare but serious condition that affects people with diabetes. Without proper prevention with diabetic foot care, Charcot foot can eventually deform your foot. However, the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, offers surgery to correct your condition and help restore your foot to its proper function.
For high-quality diabetic foot care, call Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, today or schedule your consultation online.