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How a Podiatrist Can Help with Diabetes

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Podiatrists play an important role in helping people with diabetes maintain healthy feet. A podiatrist can perform vascular testing to determine if you have reduced blood flow to your feet and can diagnose peripheral neuropathy, a common cause of lower limb weakness, numbness, and pain. A common symptom of diabetes are ulcers on the feet. A podiatrist can provide care for ulcers and prevent new ones from developing. As people with diabetes face an increased risk of limb amputation, it is important to see a podiatrist for monitoring, routine care, and prevention. If you have diabetes and experience pain or other symptoms in your legs and feet, don’t hesitate to consult a podiatrist.

Limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have diabetes, cancer, or any other condition that could lead to foot amputation if left unchecked, consult with Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Limb Salvage?

Limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

However, there are other causes as well, such as cancer and traumatic injury. Links between higher mortality rates and amputation have been found. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Killeen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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