Diabetic Foot Care in Waxahachie, TX
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Strong, healthy feet are vital for overall good health. If you are one of the 18 million Americans that have diabetes, taking care of your feet is especially important. More than 100,000 feet are amputated each year from diabetes complications. 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from this terrible disease, according
to the American Diabetes Association.
The good news is that these amputations are preventable with
careful monitoring and regular foot evaluations by our podiatrists. Our award-winning podiatrists and their team at Family Foot and Ankle Centers offer our patients the most advanced diabetic foot care in Waxahachie, TX. Our goal is to keep you walking so you can live life to the fullest.
Your Waxahachie Family Foot & Ankle Centers uses the latest technology, combined with years of experience, to ensure that our diabetic patients receive the finest care available anywhere.
How Does Diabetes Affect The Feet?
Diabetes can affect your feet in several ways. Below are some of the most common complications.
- Diabetic Neuropathy
Uncontrolled and untreated diabetes can cause damage to the nerves in your body. It can also cause damage to nerves in your legs and feet. When this occurs, you are unable to feel pressure, temperature or sometimes pain in your feet. This decreased feeling is called sensory diabetic neuropathy. If you are unable to feel a cut or sore on your legs or feet due to neuropathy, it can become worsen and become infected. In diabetic neuropathy, the nerves don’t stimulate the muscles in your feet properly, which causes the foot muscles to not work effectively. This can lead to the feet losing their proper alignment from muscle imbalance.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Diabetes can also influence the blood flow into the feet. If the flow of blood is compromised, it might take days, weeks, or even months for a sore to heal. Poor blood flow to legs is called peripheral arterial disease. If blood flow is decreased to the point where the tissue is not getting enough nutrients, then your sore will not heal and you are at significant risk of developing gangrene and amputation.
How To Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems
Include the following tips for your Diabetes foot care plan:
- Examine Your Feet Regularly
If you keep a daily check on your feet, you will be able to identify any potential problem before they can become serious problems. If you can’t see your feet, have a loved one check them for you. You can also use a mirror to examine your feet thoroughly, making sure to look between your toes. If you notice any redness, sores, warmth or thickening in the toenails, call your foot doctor for an evaluation.
- Wash Your Feet Daily
Make a habit of washing your feet with warm water and antibacterial soap. Test the water first with the back of your hand to make sure it is not too hot. Dry your feet thoroughly with a soft towel and don’t forget to dry between the toes. Do not soak your feet in water for long periods as your skin can become susceptible to bacterial infections.
- Protect Your Feet from Cold and Hot
Diabetes can cause decreased feeling in the feet. Protect your feet with sunscreen, just like you do the rest of your body. Feet get skin cancer too. Also, keep your feet away from open fires, heaters, heating pad, or any hot water bottle. Every winter we treat patients that have burned their feet trying to keep them warm.
Why Chose Us?
At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, our podiatrists have decades of experience in treating the most complex diabetic foot problems. We work with your primary care doctor to ensure that you get the best foot care available anywhere! Trust your feet to our care.
Experience Our Award-Winning Diabetic Foot Care in Waxahachie, TX, Today!
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-597-4132 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We also offer some same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Waxahachie, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Corsicana, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.