How Does Diabetes Affect the Foot?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body produces insufficient insulin, resulting in excessive levels of sugar in the blood. One of the symptoms of diabetes is neuropathy (the impairment of the nervous system), which can cause a lack of sensation in the extremities—especially the foot. When this happens, foot injuries may go unnoticed, leading to serious, even life-threatening problems such as systemic infection.
As a diabetic, you should inspect your feet regularly for injuries. Even small issues, such as abrasions from too-tight shoes, can quickly become serious. It's important to take these wounds seriously as diabetic foot ulcers (skin wounds that do not heal properly) precede 84% of all lower leg amputations.
Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?
Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.
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To learn more about the treatment options available for a diabetic foot, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment.