Diabetic foot injuries can lead to serious complications if left untreated. If you have foot problems related to diabetes, such as ulcers, fractures, or deep infections, the board-certified podiatrists at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, are here for you. They offer comprehensive diabetic foot care, including wound care, custom orthotics, antibiotics, laser treatment, and surgery, to restore your feet and prevent amputation. Call Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Diabetes is a common health condition that can jeopardize the health of your liver, kidney, eyes, blood vessels, and feet. It weakens your immune system, making it difficult for your body to fight off infections.
Diabetic nerve damage in your feet causes tingling and numbness, making you more prone to injuries. Because diabetes suppresses your immune system, foot wounds can take longer to heal or become worse without proper treatment.
Diabetic foot conditions that might require treatment from the providers at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists include:
Charcot fractures are foot fractures you experience but don’t realize it due to lack of pain sensation in your feet. It’s important to see your podiatrist for routine diabetes foot checkups to reduce the likelihood of infections or treat them before serious complications arise.
Personalized diabetic foot care is based on which foot injury you have and its severity. The experienced podiatrists at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists might recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Proper wound care helps prevent an infection. Your doctor might remove dead tissue surrounding a wound, clean and disinfect it, and apply bandages to keep the area sterile as it heals.
Your podiatrist may prescribe oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics to help a foot infection heal properly and prevent it from spreading.
Custom-fit braces or orthotics (shoe inserts) help redistribute your body weight across the joints and bones of your feet when you walk. They also protect certain parts of your feet against friction when you walk.
Your doctor might recommend revolutionary K-Laser treatment, or laser therapy, to accelerate healing and ease the pain associated with ulcers and other diabetic foot injuries.
In severe cases of diabetic foot problems, your podiatrist might recommend surgery. The ultimate goal is to detect and treat abnormalities early to avoid complications and amputation.
If you have diabetes, check your feet daily for signs of redness, sores, blisters, swelling, and other changes. Wash your feet every day and dry them entirely. Avoid walking barefoot and wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across and see your podiatrist regularly.
Be proactive about your health if you have diabetes and schedule an evaluation as soon as you notice foot abnormalities. Call Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.