- Bone infections
- Limb threatening foot infections
- And even gangrene
At Tower Foot & Ankle Surgery, we are proud to provide patients with various treatment options to address your diabetic foot ulcer. Dr. Jam, a diabetic foot specialist, works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that matches their needs and gets them back up on their feet. Visit the best podiatrist Los Angeles has today!
What Is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
What is a Foot Wound?
Symptoms of Diabetic Foot:
- Decreased blood flow to the feet
- Decreased healing ability in the feet
- Tingling and/or numbness of the feet
- Decreased ability to fight off infections in the feet
- Loss of sensation in the feet
- Loss of pulses in the feet
What Is So Dangerous About a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Complications of Diabetic Foot:
- A loss of feeling in your feet.
- Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal.
- Dry Cracks in the Skin.
- Ingrown Nails or Fungal Nails.
- Corns and calluses.
Although amputation is not always required, over 65,000 amputations are performed each year due to complications from diabetes, making it a very real complication. By regularly visiting a specialist in your diabetes foot care you can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation by up to 85%.
Where Do Diabetic Foot Ulcers Form?
- Your big toes
- The balls of the feet
- Areas associated with bony prominences like over bunions
- On top of hammertoes
- Under a skin callus
What Happens if a Foot Ulcer Is Not Treated?
- Become infected
- Cause bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Lead to a limb-threatening or foot threatening infection
- A dark callus
- A callus that is thick or uncomfortable
What Are My Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment Options?
- Location of the ulcer
- Your current health
- Whether the ulcer is infected
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Foot Ulceration (HBO Therapy)
- Diabetic Shoes
- Compression Wraps
- Foot Braces
- Custom Shoe Inserts
Treating Infected Tissue
How Do I Know I Have a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Factors That Increase Your Risk
- Poorly-fitted shoes
- Insufficient hygiene
- Higher levels of alcohol or tobacco usage
- Heart or kidney disease
- Eye disease from diabetes
- Improper trimming of toenails or calluses by a non-professional
- Poorly controlled Diabetes
- Diabetic Neuropathy
The Podiatrist’s Role in Diabetic Foot:
Podiatrists are an important part of providing appropriate care for people with diabetes. Most podiatrists and specialists recommend annual examinations at a minimum, although for patients at higher risk, more frequent screenings may be necessary.
- Diabetics with no risk -> yearly foot examinations are fine.
- Diabetics with some risk factors -> twice a year screenings at a minimum
- Diabetics with existing foot problems (ulcers, corns, etc…) -> should be seen frequently
- Diabetics with new acute symptoms or problems -> should be seen immediately.