Diabetes. This disease has hit our population in epidemic proportions. Untreated, it can wreak havoc on almost all systems of a persons body. One of the most devastating areas for diabetes to affect is the feet.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet – even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you may not notice a foreign object in your shoe. As a result you could develop a blister or a sore. This could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation. But this doesn’t have to happen.
Our goal is to educate our patients on their disease, including how to take care of their feet, what to look for that could become a problem, and when to take action. We work closely with the patient’s primary care physician and also utilize all the diabetic services provided at Columbus Regional Hospital. When required, we refer and treat our patients at the Advanced Wound Center at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Our physicians can help you avoid diabetic foot complications. From routine foot care services to highly advanced wound care services, our mission is to prevent the need for amputation. It’s what we do, and we’re very serious about it.
Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.