Diabetic Foot Care FAQs
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes can damage nerves (neuropathy) and cause you to have a lack of feeling in your feet. Because of this, you may step on a sharp object or burn your foot on something hot without ever knowing it. Even the most minor of foot wounds can turn into major ulcers if they go unnoticed long enough. This condition is also associated with peripheral vascular disease which affects your circulation and causes reduced blood flow to your feet. This slows the healing process making you even more vulnerable to infection.
To avoid dangerous complications, including amputation, it is vital that you manage your blood sugar levels, check your feet daily for any signs of trouble and schedule regular appointments with Prairie Path Podiatry. You can contact Dr. Peter Tsang at (630) 845-3338 or visit our office in Geneva, IL. We’ll help you keep your feet happy and healthy.
Why isn’t the wound on my foot healing?
The wound on your foot may not be healing for a variety of reasons. You may have a diabetic foot ulcer, which is caused by a combination of nerve damage, undetected sores and slow blood flow to the affected area. If that’s the case, your ulcers must be seen by a podiatrist, like Dr. Peter Tsang, right away to prevent amputation.
It may not be your fault that you’ve developed a slow-healing wound; you can’t always prevent a foot ulcer. Diabetes decreases circulation and also causes loss of feeling in your feet. This means that the sore can get worse but you won’t feel it. Usually, if your wound doesn’t show improvement after four weeks or still remains after eight, we recommend that you visit Prairie Path Podiatry as soon as possible for advanced diabetic wound care.
At our office, we can use wound dressings and other techniques to send you home with a healing ulcer. Call our Geneva, IL, location by dialing (630) 845-3338. Next time you notice a callus, crack or blister, treat it right away to prevent a slow-healing ulcer!
What are the early warning signs of Charcot foot?
Charcot foot is a condition that can leave a foot weakened and quite deformed—typically as a result of neuropathy (nerve damage). As is the often the case, early detection and treatment are best for recovery and the prevention of further damage.
The most evident of the Charcot foot symptoms is swelling in the foot, often with no apparent explanation (like an infection or obvious injury). Other early warning signs of Charcot foot include redness and changes of temperature on the surface. A red, swollen foot that feels warmer than normal should definitely be evaluated at our office.
Charcot foot is one of the potential concerns for patients who have diabetes. Individuals who live with this disease have to give greater attention to their feet to avoid potentially serious conditions. If you have any questions or need help with diabetic foot care, Prairie Path Podiatry is here for you. Schedule your appointment online or give us a call at (630) 845-3338 today.