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Diabetic Foot: Avoiding Complications

Diabetes is a complex and life-altering disease. It affects everything: your eating habits, your immune system responses, and your chances of developing a life-threating condition. The health of your feet is actually a good indicator for the disease’s progression and control in your life. Healthy, well-cared for feet are typically a sign of controlled blood sugar levels. Feet with increasing pain or numbness can be indicative of greater problems. If you are diabetic and experience pain or numbness in your lower legs or feet, you could have diabetic neuropathy, a kind of nerve deterioration. Beyond being uncomfortable, this can lead to a number of serious complications that, if left untreated, can cause injuries and long-lasting conditions with possible consequences like amputation.

What Is Diabetes?

The fluctuating blood sugar levels in diabetes wreak havoc on your body’s structures, including your nerves. Your feet are usually the first to show signs of neuropathy. Common symptoms include sharp pain in the feet and ankles (especially when at rest), sensitivity, muscle weakness, numb spots, difficulty feeling temperature, and difficulty walking. Since your feet lose sensation, you may not notice when they incur an injury, develop blisters or wounds or something more serious. If you continue to walk on that injured foot, what started as a simple sore can become a slow-healing ulcer with high risk for infection or a chronic foot condition.

What Can I Do About It?

Preventing amputation begins with basic foot care. You should have your feet thoroughly examined every year, even if you do not have any symptoms of nerve damage, to check for diabetic foot changes. Dr. Joel W. Brook, Dr. David R. Northcutt, Dr. Irene Arroyo and Dr. John Baca will look over your feet to check for changes you may not have noticed on your own. They will also test your level of nerve function to catch any early damage. The physicians will teach you how to care for your feet at home, as well as work closely with your primary care doctor to help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

If you have pain and numbness from nerve damage, you should always wear supportive shoes that also cushion high-pressure areas of your foot. You may need custom orthotics to provide you with the padding and stabilization you require. You will also need to keep your feet clean and dry, so wash them every day. Since diabetics are prone to developing injuries without noticing the change, examine your feet as you wash and dry them. If you notice visible changes, unusual lumps or bumps, cracked skin, or other damage, don’t ignore it. Seek treatment right away so that the experts at Dallas Podiatry Works can help you recover before it becomes a serious problem.

The complications of diabetes do not have to take control of your feet. With a little investment and care, you can keep your toes happy, healthy, and ulcer or injury-free. If you or someone you care about have diabetes and have noticed some changes in their feet, especially if they are visible, contact Dallas Podiatry Works immediately for evaluation and treatment. You don’t want to risk the consequences of letting it go. You can reach either of our two office locations by visiting the online contact page or by calling (972) 566-7474 for the Dallas location, and (972) 943-3323 for the Plano office.

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"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
"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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