Foot injuries can be extremely dangerous for patients with diabetes. If not cared for immediately, wounds can develop into ulcers, become infected, and in the worst cases, lead to amputation of the limb. For diabetic patients, it is important to take steps to prevent wounds as much as possible. If one does become injured, it is critical to get help from our podiatrist as soon as possible and take measures to promote healing. Our foot doctor in Allen, TX, explains more below.
Diabetic patients have unique needs when it comes to podiatry. Peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness and a reduced ability to feel pain in the feet, preventing the patient from feeling a cut or scrape. If the patient isn’t aware of the injury, the wound may worsen before they even notice it. This is why it’s best to be proactive and check your feet every day!
Additionally, patients who are overweight, smoke, or use insulin are at an even higher risk of developing foot ulcers. Keep these risk factors in mind when visiting our podiatrist for a checkup.
See our podiatrist as soon as possible if you notice a wound or possible ulcer on your foot. We can help prevent infection, remove any dead skin around the wound, and apply medication and a foot dressing. If an infection has developed, we can evaluate if you need antibiotics or other wound care.
Research suggests that probiotics can aid in wound healing. In a study, diabetic patients suffering from foot ulcers were followed throughout the healing time of their wounds. Some patients were given probiotic supplements and others were not. After 12 weeks, the patients that had been taking probiotic supplements saw a greater reduction in the size and severity of their ulcers than the other patients. Consult with our podiatrist today to see if this option is right for you!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office near Allen, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
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 foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.