If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are at risk for foot complications. It's important for you to understand these risks and inform loved ones to prevent potential complications or amputations. Read the answers to common questions on diabetes and your feet:
Why should I "knock my socks off" and see a podiatrist?
The feet can reveal diabetes warning signs such as numbness, redness, swelling, or non-healing wounds. Making at least two appointments a year with a podiatrist to have your feet examined is a critical step in avoiding diabetic foot complications and amputation.
I have been diagnosed with diabetes. What foot complications could I experience?
Should I talk about diabetes with my community, family, and friends?
Yes! Those with diabetes, as well as those who are at risk, are encouraged to openly discuss the disease with family members because it can affect children and adults alike. Diabetes is often passed down from generation to generation. Don't be embarrassed to talk about it with those closest to you because diabetes is best managed as a team.
What are diabetic ulcers, and how can I prevent them?
Diabetic ulcerations are often one of the first signs of complications from diabetes in the lower leg. These ulcers can stem from a small wound or cut on the foot that is slow to heal. If left untreated, ulcers can become harder to treat and could lead to amputation. If discovered early and treated by a podiatrist, who specializes in diabetic wound care, ulcers may not lead to amputation.
Is there a special kind of footwear available for those with diabetes?
Yes! Certain types of shoes, socks, and custom orthotics are all created especially for those with diabetes. People with diabetes should never go barefoot and should make sure to keep feet protected to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes on the feet, which can lead to complications.
Source: American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc.
The Vascular & Diabetic Foot Center at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is the only dedicated program in North Texas offering a comprehensive approach to diabetes and your feet, both from a preventative and a treatment perspective. Its mission is to rapidly heal wounds without affecting the functionality of limbs, as well as prevent a major amputation. The Center uses advanced diagnostic, surgical and wound care modalities to heal these difficult-to-heal wounds.
Call 469.814.3480 for more information or to schedule a patient for evaluation.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.