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Diabetes Part 2: How to Avoid the Drastic by Routine Means

Many of you realize you can associate certain symptoms with particular illnesses.  But you also need to understand that when it comes to diabetes, some parts of the body reveal truisms that cannot be ignored. Your feet reveal details about your overall health that you would never guess. When you use the services of a trained foot and ankle specialist, oftentimes they are able to pick up on information that reveals health concerns that would otherwise go undetected.

Over eight percent of the American population suffers from diabetes, and many more are as of yet nerve damage that can ultimately result in loss of foot or lower limb. Staggering statistics reveal that the majority of lower limb loss due to diabetes could be avoided through early detection, treatment and diligent preventive foot care. Simply stated, in most cases amputation can be avoided by regular visits and closely following instructions of the expert podiatrists at Dallas Podiatry Works, Drs. Brook, Arroyo, Baca, and Northcutt.

When a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, they need to begin work immediately, with a podiatrist, to develop a preventive care and treatment plan. It is important that an annual visit be scheduled and the patient receives counseling in how to do daily foot inspections and what to look for.  Regular foot inspections can help indicate the possibility of nerve damage. Once neuropathy occurs, it allows the possibility of severe ulcerations and infections, which cannot be resolved. This, in turn, can result in the need for amputation.

If you have diabetes you should do the following:

  • Bathe feet daily and pat dry.
  • Use a good foot lotion, but avoid getting it between the toes.
  • Always wear shoes to prevent foot injury and make sure they have a deep wide roomy toe box.
  • Make sure to wear clean and dry socks
  • Proper nail grooming done by Drs. Brook, Arroyo, Baca, or Northcutt.
  • Examine your feet daily for signs of injury.
  • Examine and feel inside shoes for things that may cause injury, but might not be felt because of loss of feeling in your feet.
  • See Drs. Brook, Arroyo, Baca or Northcutt for an annual evaluation anytime you notice an injury to your foot, or have questions or concerns, about foot health
  • Whenever you visit your health care provider, it should include a foot exam.


Early treatment is important. This will help avoid the type of severe ulcers and infection, which can result in amputation. If you have questions or concerns, call Dallas Podiatry Works at (972) 566-7474 or (972) 943-3323. They offer comprehensive care for diabetic feet.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star all h
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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