As a diabetic, you have your share of things to be concerned about, including keeping your blood sugar under control and attentively watching your diet. Unfortunately, diabetes affects many other parts of the body. These include your eyes, your kidneys, your heart and circulatory system, as well as your FEET. Foot problems in diabetes are all too common and are the number one reason why people undergo leg amputations in the United States. This is due to poor foot sensation leading to a higher chance of diabetic skin wounds that won‘t heal, infections that can’t be treated easily, and diabetes-related gangrene. The chances of a diabetic needing another amputation within five years is as high as 50%, and the chance a diabetic will die within five years is just as high. These are scary statistics, but for the most part foot problems in diabetics are completely avoidable if the right care is performed.
Diabetics can have complete control over their feet to prevent complications, just like most diabetics can have complete control over their blood sugars by eating a proper diet, exercising, and using their medications correctly. You too can have this control, but you need the right tools and education to make this happen. You need to understand the early warning signs of poor sensation and skin irritation that can lead to a wound. You need to see how your shoe choices (and your decision to wear shoes at all) can influence the health of your foot skin. You need to be able to associate how poor sensation makes it dangerous for you to trim your own nails and calluses. Most importantly, you need to be able to recognize a potential problem like a wound, puncture injury, fracture, or developing an infection in light of the fact that with the poor sensation you may not be able to feel it and understand the immediate steps that need to be taken to keep the problem from worsening.
Our doctors are highly experienced at treating diabetic feet in a comprehensive manner, employing preventative measures like education, regular exams, nail and callus care (did you know that most diabetic wounds develop from corns and calluses?), protective diabetic shoes, and circulation screening. If a problem does develop, our doctors are highly experienced in advanced wound care, infection control, and, if necessary, surgery designed to prevent major amputation. Our practise prides itself on its low diabetic amputation rate, and our doctors go to extraordinary lengths to save your feet and legs. If you are serious about protecting your feet from diabetic complications to ensure a lifetime of foot health, be sure to call today to enrol in our comprehensive diabetic foot care program. It very well may be the decision that saves your legs and your life.