Between 60-70% of diabetics have nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy. In most cases, diabetic neuropathy affects the feet, which is why excellent diabetic foot care is crucial for diabetes sufferers. At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, Dr. Nisha Krishnan, DPM, provides diabetic foot care for all types of conditions focusing on preventive measures to avoid surgery and or limb loss. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Diabetic nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy, is one of the most common diabetes complications. Nerve damage can cause particular problems in your feet, including:
If you maintain healthy blood sugar levels and take good care of your feet, including scheduling regular diabetic foot care exams, you have a good chance of avoiding complications like permanent nerve damage or limb loss.
The American Diabetes Association recommends comprehensive foot exams at least once a year. If you have foot complications pre-existing, you will need to see Dr. Krishnan more frequently to maintain the proper care.
Dr. Krishnan treats all types of diabetic wounds, including cuts, blisters, calluses, and open sores. Often, treatment includes topical ointments, irrigation, and sterile dressings.
If your tissue breaks down, it can form an ulcer that becomes more challenging to heal. About 80% of diabetic amputations start with a foot ulcer and it's crucial that you see Dr. Krishnan at the first sign of foot problems. The best way to fight diabetic wounds is to prevent them.
Dr. Krishnan recommends the techniques best suited for your situation. Some common damage prevention tools for diabetics include:
One important thing to remember is the bathroom surgery rule: Absolutely no bathroom surgery, ever! If you develop a callus, corn, or other bump or lump on your foot, don't attempt removal yourself. It might seem simple to try to clip it off with your toenail clippers, but you could easily take too much skin off, creating a wound that could be very difficult to heal.
If you need removal of a corns or other growths, Dr. Krishnan can perform the procedure safely and effectively without risking your foot health. Staying proactive & healthy with diabetes is a team effort along with the professional guidance of Dr. Krishnan whom is an integral part of that team.