At Ocean County Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, P.C., we offer a variety of treatments and solutions for foot-related health issues, including diabetic foot care. Patients can visit any one of our locations throughout Ocean County to meet with a member of our team and discuss specific treatment options.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes mellitus is a disease that affects 26 million people in the United States. Approximately 7 million of them are unaware that they even have the disease. We recommend having regular checkups with a Foot & Ankle Surgeon, even if you are not currently experiencing any pain. Diabetes can cause a wide range of issues in the lower extremities.
Foot Issues Derived From Diabetes
- Neuropathy: Diabetic nerve damage can hurt, but oftentimes it lessens your ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. By losing sensation in your foot, you run the risk of not feeling a foot injury until the skin breaks down and becomes infected. Nerve damage can also cause your toes and feet to change shape.
- Skin Changes: Diabetes can cause the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your feet to stop functioning correctly. As a result, the skin on your feet can become very dry, peel, or crack.
- Calluses: Calluses occur more frequently and quickly on the feet of people with diabetes due to high-pressure areas under the foot. These calluses, if not maintained, may turn into ulcers or open sores.
- Poor Circulation: Poor blood flow in your foot can lead to a higher risk of infection and more difficulty healing from injuries.
We have a variety of solutions in order to deal with these problems, including a comprehensive diabetic foot care program and a therapeutic diabetic shoe program. For more information about our diabetic foot care, get in touch with our team today. We are always happy to answer questions and provide more details about any of our treatment options.