Diabetic foot conditions pose a significant concern for individuals living with diabetes. These issues can range from neuropathy to ulcers, and they demand specialized care to mitigate complications and ensure a high quality of life. At My Foot Clinic in Artesia, we are committed to providing expert, patient-centered care for diabetic foot conditions.
Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of individuals with diabetes, offering comprehensive treatment and preventive measures. With a focus on active voice and professionalism, we strive to empower our patients with the knowledge and care required to manage diabetic foot health effectively.
Foot Care for Those Living With Diabetes
Diabetic Foot FAQs
How do you prevent diabetic foot infection?
To prevent diabetic foot infections:
- Inspect your feet daily for redness, sores, or issues.
- Wear comfortable shoes and check the insides for any rubbing.
- Regularly wash and dry your feet, including between the toes.
- Use moisturizers to prevent dry skin and calluses.
- Cut your nails straight across and smoothly.
- Avoid extreme temperatures and visit your doctor if you notice any issues.
How does diabetic foot start?
Diabetic foot issues start due to nerve and blood vessel damage from high blood sugar. It is called diabetic neuropathy and can lead to numbness, tingling, pain, or a loss of feeling in the feet.
What are the signs of diabetic feet?
Signs of diabetic feet include tingling, pain, loss of touch sensation, changes in foot shape over time, and loss of hair on the toes, feet, and lower legs.
What are the 5 stages of diabetic foot?
The 5 stages of diabetic foot are as follows:
- Grade 0: Foot symptoms like pain.
- Grade 1: Superficial ulcers.
- Grade 2: Deep ulcers.
- Grade 3: Ulcers with bone involvement.
- Grade 4: Forefoot gangrene.
- Grade 5: Full-foot gangrene.
Can you walk with a diabetic foot?
For essential walking, you need to use protective footwear. Walking should be supplemented with non-weight-bearing exercises to improve physical fitness in people with diabetes.
How long does diabetic foot last?
Diabetic foot ulcers can take about three months to heal. Frequent check-ins with a doctor are necessary to ensure proper healing. Special shoes may sometimes be required to reduce pressure on the wound.
Is diabetic foot serious?
Diabetic foot problems can lead to serious infections, sometimes requiring amputation to prevent the infection from spreading.
Is diabetic foot curable?
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for diabetic neuropathy. However, steps can be taken to slow its progression, and doctors may recommend pain medication.
What is the first rule of diabetic foot care?
The first rule of diabetic foot care is to inspect your feet daily. Use a magnifying hand mirror to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems.
What is the best antibiotic for diabetic foot infection?
For severe infections, recommended antibiotics include imipenem/cilastatin, newer fluoroquinolones (e.g., levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin), and third- or fourth-generation cephalosporins (e.g., ceftazidime). Always consult your doctor for specific recommendations.
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