Diabetes poses a number of possible problems and complications to your feet that could result in amputation if not treated promptly. Because diabetes can be accompanied by nerve damage and poor circulation you may have an open wound you are unaware of and unable to heal properly, leading to an infection. Without being able to sense or heal injuries, minor problems can quickly escalate into larger, more serious conditions that could lead to an amputation.
Did you know…
Yearly, 73,000 Americans with diabetes undergo lower limb amputations. However, this number is slowing decreasing with preventative measures and new treatment options emerging.
Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions do I need to look for?
If you have diabetes, you will want to pay special attention to your feet and check them daily for any changes. Open sores, or ulcers, are an especially common cause of foot complications and can be caused by blisters, cuts, corns, calluses, bunions, dry skin and even just from cutting your nails. If left untreated, these sores can become severely infected. Infections can also occur as a result of an ingrown toenail. Other relatively common conditions caused by nerve damage are hammertoes and charcot foot. Both of these conditions can actually alter the structural integrity of your feet and can cause serious deformities that may result in amputation.
How can I prevent amputation?
To prevent amputation, you will need to examine your feet for skin or nail problems and signs of fracture or injury, daily. If you notice any changes, call Dr. Hadfield to make an appointment. In addition, do not ignore pain in your legs, avoid trimming your toenails, calluses or corns, avoid injuring your feet on sharp objects, always wear properly fitting footwear at all times, even when at home.
How will Dr. Hadfield help?
Dr. Hadfield has been specially trained to recognize early signs of foot conditions and can apply the necessary treatment to correct various conditions. He also offers latest treatments for all foot related conditions. The key to preventing amputation is prevention and early intervention when problems arise. If you have concerns about your feet, book a consultation with Dr. Hadfield today and he will help you develop an amputation prevention treatment plan.
Dr. Hadfield of Hadfield Foot & Ankle has been serving McKinney and the surrounding Collin County area by providing excellent care to patients through highly skilled conservative and surgical treatments, as well as superior customer service. If you have foot or ankle concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hadfield today and take your next step forward!