Diabetes can impact the body in countless ways, but the feet are particularly vulnerable. People with diabetes often develop a condition called diabetic foot, which can manifest in several different ways, from ulcers to Charcot foot, in which the joint becomes damaged due to nerve issues. If you have diabetic foot , an orthopaedic doctor may be an important part of your treatment team. Here are some of the ways that diabetic foot can be treated.
Blood Sugar Control
The most significant thing anyone with diabetes can do to reduce the impact of diabetic foot or to prevent foot problems from developing is to carefully manage blood sugar. Keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range dramatically reduces the chance of complications and helps to reduce the severity of diabetes-related conditions when they do occur. Work closely with your endocrinologist to find a blood sugar control plan that will be effective for you.
In severe cases of Charcot foot—also called Charcot arthropathy or Charcot foot and ankle—surgery may be necessary. Someone with Charcot foot may break a bone in part of the foot without realizing it, because of reduced sensation caused by neuropathy. Unaware of the break, a person with Charcot foot may walk on the damaged bone, causing severe damage. Calcium loss also occurs with this condition, making the bones more vulnerable. Your orthopaedic surgeon may repair or remove damaged bones associated with Charcot foot.
Foot deformities associated with diabetic foot can make custom shoes necessary. Orthopaedic shoes can take pressure off of ulcers and other areas of damage, preventing further injury, allowing healing to occur, and improving mobility.
Diabetic foot gets worse over time, so seek treatment as soon as you start to experience symptoms. At MK Orthopaedic, our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet can provide both non-invasive and surgical solutions for foot problems associated with diabetes, so you get out of pain and reduce the risk of further damage. Make an appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.