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The Link Between Diabetes & Foot Health

Diabetes can have a significant impact on foot health due to its potential to cause nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor blood circulation (peripheral arterial disease). These conditions can lead to decreased sensation, impaired healing, and an increased risk of foot ulcers and infections. Additionally, diabetes can affect the structure and function of the foot, leading to conditions such as hammertoes, bunions, and Charcot foot. Proper diabetic foot care is essential to prevent complications and maintain overall foot health.

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What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes that affects the nerves, particularly in the feet and legs. High blood sugar levels over time can damage the small blood vessels that supply the nerves, leading to nerve damage. This condition can result in numbness, tingling, burning sensations, and loss of sensation in the feet. Diabetic neuropathy increases the risk of foot injuries going unnoticed, potentially leading to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications. To learn more about how diabetic foot care in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights can help you, contact us today for an appointment.

Potential Complications:

  • Foot Ulcers: Nerve damage can lead to unnoticed injuries, and without timely treatment, these can progress into ulcers that are difficult to heal and prone to infections.
  • Infections: Reduced sensation and impaired healing due to nerve damage increase the risk of infections in the feet, which can quickly spread and become severe.
  • Amputation: In severe cases, untreated diabetic neuropathy can lead to non-healing ulcers and infections, potentially necessitating amputation to prevent further complications.
  • Charcot Foot: Untreated neuropathy can result in Charcot foot, causing joint deformities, instability, and fractures, leading to disability and chronic foot problems.
  • Skin Issues: Diabetic neuropathy can affect the skin, resulting in dryness, cracks, and sores, making the skin more susceptible to infections and slow healing.
  • Corns and Calluses: Nerve damage can lead to abnormal pressure distribution on the feet, resulting in the formation of corns and calluses, further increasing the risk of ulceration.

Treatment Options:

  • Diabetic Foot Care Education: We provide comprehensive education on proper foot care practices specific to diabetes. Diabetic foot care in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights includes guidance on daily hygiene routines, proper nail trimming, moisturizing strategies, and footwear selection. Education empowers patients to take proactive steps to prevent complications and maintain optimal foot health.
  • Wound Care Management: Our skilled team specializes in managing foot ulcers and implementing advanced wound care techniques. This includes thorough cleaning and debridement of the wound, appropriate dressing selection to promote healing, and infection control measures to prevent further complications.
  • Offloading Techniques: We utilize various offloading techniques to alleviate pressure on vulnerable areas of the foot. This may involve custom orthotics, therapeutic shoes, or padding to redistribute weight and reduce stress in specific areas. Offloading techniques help prevent the formation of ulcers and provide relief for existing wounds.
  • Medication Management: We offer medication management strategies tailored to each patient’s specific needs. This may involve prescribing topical antibiotics to address infections, pain management medications to alleviate discomfort, or medications to control underlying conditions, such as diabetes.
  • Surgical Interventions: In cases where conservative treatments are not sufficient, surgical interventions may be recommended. This can involve procedures to remove infected or non-healing ulcers, correct deformities, improve circulation, or address other specific foot conditions associated with diabetes.

At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we conduct thorough evaluations to identify the root cause of diabetic foot conditions. Our experienced team assesses the foot’s structure, circulation, sensation, and overall health. We may also perform additional tests to gather more information. Following a thorough assessment, we craft a tailored treatment strategy integrating diverse modalities to efficiently address diabetic foot care in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights, fostering prime foot health.

The Symptoms:

  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Tingling or “pins and needles” sensation
  • Burning or shooting pain in the feet
  • Muscle weakness or loss of coordination
  • Ulcers or sores that do not heal promptly
  • Changes in skin texture, such as dryness or thinning
  • Increased sensitivity to touch or temperature changes
  • Charcot foot deformity (swelling, instability, and deformity of the foot)

Prevention Strategies:

  • Maintain good blood sugar control
  • Practice proper foot hygiene
  • Regularly inspect feet for any changes or abnormalities
  • Wear appropriate footwear and socks
  • Protect feet from extreme temperatures and injuries
  • Avoid smoking and manage other risk factors for peripheral arterial disease
  • Attend regular foot screenings and check-ups with a podiatrist
  • Stay physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle

Schedule Your Podiatry Consultation

Illinois Podiatry Specialists is home to a team of highly skilled and board-certified foot and ankle specialists. Our specialists offer customized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. With minimal to no wait time, we ensure that you receive prompt attention and timely care. Don’t let foot and ankle issues hold you back. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards improved foot health and overall well-being with our diabetic foot care in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights.

Contact Illinois Podiatry Specialists Today

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights
701 Winthrop Ave Floor, Ste. 101
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights

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