Treatment of Diabetic Foot Conditions
What are diabetic foot conditions?
Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are above normal. A diabetic foot is a foot that is affected by diabetes-related complications. Poor circulation, nerve damage, or other diabetes-related complications may lead to infections, deformities, ulcers, or certain disabilities of the affected foot.
What causes diabetic foot conditions?
Diabetic foot conditions are caused by various diabetes-related complications. The two main complications of diabetes include:
- Nerve damage — may lead to a loss of feeling in your feet
- Poor circulation — may impair the healing process of infections or sores
What are the symptoms of diabetic foot conditions?
If your feet have been affected by diabetes, you may or may not experience any pain-related symptoms. However, you may notice other serious symptoms, such as:
- Tingling sensations in the affected foot
- Feeling numb in the affected foot
- Developing sores or infections near the affected area
Speak with your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms, as they may be indicators of more serious conditions:
- An injury to your foot, such as a cut or bruise, that does not heal
- Redness, warmth, or pain of the affected area
- Blood that has dried beneath a callus
- Skin of the affected foot becomes black and emits an odor
How can my doctor determine if my foot has been affected by diabetes?
In order to help diagnose if your foot has been affected by diabetes, your doctor will examine your feet and check for signs of a foot ulcer, infection, or other abnormalities.
Can diabetic foot conditions lead to complications if left untreated?
Left untreated, additional, more serious medical problems may arise. In certain cases, diabetes-related infection of the foot may result in gangrene. In cases where gangrene or foot ulcers do not heal, amputation of affected areas may be required. If not properly maintained, a diabetic foot condition may also result in certain foot deformities. Risk of serious complications, including amputation, may increase if you have diabetes accompanied by any of the following conditions:
- Athlete’s foot
- Fungal infections
- Dry skin
- Foot ulcers
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
How can I maintain proper diabetic foot care?
If you have diabetes, there are certain self-care measures that you can take to help provide your feet with adequate care in order to help avoid serious complications. To help maintain proper foot care, your doctor may recommend:
- Looking after your feet daily
- Cleaning your feet daily
- Removing corns and calluses
- Trimming your toenails routinely
- Wearing appropriate socks and footwear
- Avoiding foot exposure to extreme hot and cold temperatures
- Encouraging blood flow to your feet
If you are experiencing symptoms of diabetic foot or would like to learn more about our available podiatric services and treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Isaacson today. With 80 years in practice, locations in Manhattan and the Bronx, experience across a range of podiatric specialties, and state-of-the-art treatment options, our mission is to provide high-quality podiatric education, information, and care to patients in a convenient, comfortable setting. Call our Manhattan location 212.420.6002, our Bronx location 718.863.3338, or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.