DIABETIC FOOT CARE
Manage foot problems related to diabetes.
The importance of regular foot care cannot be overstated in someone who has Diabetes. An ounce of prevention in this case, is worth more than a pound of cure!!
Increased blood sugar levels can cause damage to the peripheral nerves that supply sensation to our hands and feet. This is why, one of the first changes noted by someone with Diabetes, is a loss of sensation in the toes or feet. The condition is called peripheral neuropathy and may not only cause a loss of sensation, but also various types of intermittent or chronic foot pain is also common. High blood sugar levels will also cause damage to the smaller vessels that bring blood to the feet, resulting in a very poor capacity to heal in the case of an injury. One can see then, that between the loss of sensation and poor ability to heal, the risk of a foot wound or infection is very great. This is of course why it is vitally important to see your diabetes specialist and work toward the goal of healthy and stable blood sugar levels. Coming to see a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine on a regular basis is vitally important for all Diabetic patients.
Ron has great experience in managing serious diabetic and other foot wounds and ulcers. He has used Wound Vacs and other advanced devices to allow a wound to heal. Ron is trained in and has used many different skin grafting techniques to mange serious, non-healing diabetic wounds and is the only practitioner in Ontario who has used an amniotic derived graft called EpiFix to heal a plantar wound on a patient that had been open for 10 years.
So whether your dealing with a foot ulcer that won’t heal, or are a diabetic patient that has noticed some changes beginning to occur, or even if your are newly diagnosed with diabetes and want to have a comprehensive foot exam and learn some very important foot related health tips, book an appointment today to come and see us.
What are some foot complications that result from diabetes?
- Nerve damage
- Skin changes (such as dryness)
- Foot Ulcers
- Poor Circulation
- Peripheral Arterial Disease