Diabetic Foot Care For New Jersey Patients
Our dedicated team of board-certified foot and ankle surgeons at Ocean County Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, P.C. provides a variety of treatments and solutions for foot-related health issues, including comprehensive diabetic foot care.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes mellitus is a disease that affects 26 million people in the United States. Approximately 7 million of them are unaware they even have the disease. Diabetes can cause a wide range of issues in your lower extremities, including conditions that can threaten your limbs and even your life. We recommend regular checkups with one of our knowledgeable foot and ankle specialists, even if you’re not currently experiencing any pain.
Foot Issues From Diabetes
Foot conditions normally considered minor irritations can become serious complications for someone with diabetes. Some common foot issues that could result from diabetes include:
- Neuropathy: Diabetic nerve damage can hurt, but it often lessens your ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Losing sensation in your foot could prevent you from feeling a foot injury, which could become infected if the skin breaks down. Your toes and feet may also change shape due to nerve damage.
- Skin Changes: Diabetes can cause the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your feet to stop functioning correctly. This may cause the skin on your feet to become very dry, producing peeling or cracking that could become infected.
- Calluses: Due to high-pressure areas under the foot, calluses occur more frequently and build up more quickly on your feet when you have diabetes. Without proper maintenance, calluses may turn into ulcers or open sores, which could become infected.
- Poor Circulation: Diabetes causes blood vessels in your lower extremities to narrow and harden, which results in poor blood flow to your foot. Poor circulation makes it harder for your foot to fight infections or to heal properly, even from minor wounds.
- Foot Ulcers. Ulcers or open sores often occur on the ball of your foot or bottom of the big toe. See our foot care specialists immediately for any foot ulcer, even those that don’t hurt. Neglecting ulcers can cause an infection that could lead to amputation of the limb.
Some diabetic foot care issues may benefit from our therapeutic diabetic shoe program offered by our certified orthotist and pedorthist. We also offer a comprehensive diabetic foot care program with numerous solutions covering all the issues that can affect the health of your feet and legs.
Get Trusted Diabetic Foot Care
As your local trusted provider of foot and ankle care in Ocean County and throughout New Jersey, we have the knowledge, skills and resources to assist diabetic patients with a variety of foot care concerns. We’re always happy to answer your questions about any of our treatment options, so contact our foot and ankle specialists in: