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For people with diabetes even the smallest blister, sore, or cut on the foot can pose tremendous risks. Something as minor as an irritation from a small pebble in a shoe can quickly progress from a wound that doesn’t heal to a dangerous infection that can lead to an amputation and even a life-threatening situation. The statistics are alarming. Foot infections and their complications are the leading cause of hospitalization for diabetics. More than 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
The keys to avoiding the foot related complications of the disease are the prevention and early detection of problems. If someone has diabetes it is extremely important that in addition to maintaining a healthy blood sugar level and healthy lifestyle, they practice a daily foot care regimen at home, and see a podiatrist for a thorough examination on a regular basis.
Our podiatrist will screen for the presence of diabetic neuropathy and vascular damage as well as check the foot and nearby structures for redness, swelling and non-healing wounds. Furthermore, our podiatrist will provide guidance and care to prevent foot ulcerations or injury. In cases of an existing cut or ulceration, our podiatrist will perform the most appropriate wound care as well as prescribe strategies to protect the foot from infection and accelerate the healing process.