The Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center provides interdisciplinary care for lower extremity disease in patients with diabetes. We provide evaluation and treatment of all podiatric conditions including:
Nerve Damage (neuropathy)
Almost half of all people with diabetes eventually have neuropathy. This is usually seen as damage to the nerves of the legs and feet. It can give troubling symptoms of pain, burning, electrical shocks and coldness. It is managed with control of blood sugar and with medication. Loss of sensation carries a risk of foot ulceration.
Foot Ulcers and Chronic Wounds
Foot ulcers usually occur on the soles of the foot due to repetitive pressure from daily walking and activity. A foot ulcer is a serious problem that can be treated usually without surgery or hospitalization. The fundamentals of care are frequent minor debridements, control of infection, advanced wound care, and off-loading of pressure areas.
People with diabetes can develop deformities such as bunions, hammertoes and dropped arches. These deformities can be treated with proper shoes, orthotics and at times corrective surgery to prevent ulcers from reoccurring.
The Charcot foot commonly goes unrecognized until severe complications occur. Early recognition, diagnosis, and a lifelong program of preventive care can minimize the morbidity associated with this complication of diabetic neuropathy. Immediate detection and immobilization of the foot are essential in the management of the Charcot foot.
Poor Circulation (leg ischemia)
Common signs that a person with diabetes has poor circulation are pain in the legs when walking or lying down, ulcers that don't heal or feet that feel cold to the touch. Circulation can be evaluated safely and non-invasively. Treatment options include exercise, medications, and surgical procedures.
Foot and Ankle Pain
A person with diabetes may develop discomfort in the foot and ankle that may or may not be related to their diabetes. This is an important point in the evaluation, as the treatments may be quite different. The evaluation is best performed by a clinician with experience and familiarity with diabetic conditions.
We offer our patients the most up-to-date treatment and a full spectrum of services including:
- Full evaluation
- Diagnostic Testing and Radiology
- Foot and Ankle Procedures
- Podiatry Services
- Wound Care
- Physical Therapy
- Diabetes Education
- Orthotics and Prosthetics (Shoes)
- Medication and lifestyles prescriptions