Apple Podiatry Group
Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Arlington, Irving, Fort Worth, & Flower Mound, TX
In the United States alone, medical experts report that 230 diabetics must undergo an amputation every day, which is why prevention is key. With their expertise in advanced wound care and limb salvage, Jarna Rathod-Bhatt, DPM, and Rahul Bhatt, DPM, provide comprehensive diabetic foot care at Apple Podiatry Group. Click the online booking feature or call the Arlington, Flower Mound, or Irving, Texas, office to schedule your diabetic foot care exam today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q & A
Why do I need diabetic foot care?
Diabetic foot care involves taking measures to protect your feet and lower your risk of amputation. When it comes to your feet, which already struggle to get an adequate blood supply because of the effects of gravity, diabetes further limits sufficient circulation.
This can lead to nerve damage (neuropathy), overly dry and cracked skin, and an increased risk of foot ulcers. Because your skin dries out and can’t heal quickly, you’re more susceptible to nail problems, like fungal nails and ingrown toenails.
Overall, diabetes slows down wound healing. So something as simple as a mild crack or cut can stay open for an extended period, making a perfect hiding spot for bacteria and foreign invaders to thrive.
If left untreated, a diabetic foot wound can become so severe the infection spreads to your bones, which could lead to an amputation.
What are the symptoms of diabetic foot wounds?
The concern with diabetic foot wounds is that because you’re prone to nerve damage due to diabetic neuropathy, you won’t feel a wound. That’s why knowing what to look for and daily inspection of your feet is essential. Diabetic foot wounds can lead to:
- Blood or drainage in your socks
- Tingling, numbness, or burning
- Red patches and inflammation
- Foot swelling
If any of these diabetic foot wound symptoms sound familiar, schedule an exam at Apple Podiatry Group right away.
How are diabetic foot conditions treated?
Whether you have a foot ulcer, history of neuropathy, fungal nail infection, or another type of diabetic foot condition, the highly skilled team at Apple Podiatry Group can help. Your diabetic foot-care treatment plan may include:
- Prescription-strength topical ointments
- Professional toenail trimming
- Corn or callus removal
- Antibiotic medications
- Wound debridement
- Custom orthotics
- Diabetic shoes
The wound-care experts at Apple Podiatry Group are diligent about preserving your foot health and lowering your risk of amputation. They can even get you in for a same-day diabetic foot-care appointment since even small concerns can quickly become a major emergency.
At Apple Podiatry Group, you can receive the comprehensive diabetic foot care you need. Book your diabetes evaluation online or call your nearest office to speak with a team member.
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