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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Gangrene   Swelling   Ulcers   odor  

Diabetes has been known to cause foot problems for those who suffer from the disease. These foot problems can be very severe and have a hard time healing. The feet of those with diabetes are very fragile and are more likely to experience complications. It is important to check diabetic feet regularly in order to prevent problems that can become very dire such as foot ulcers.

Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down which leads to exposure of the layer underneath. They’re most common under your big toes and the balls of your feet, and they can affect your feet down to the bone.

All people with diabetes can develop foot ulcers and foot pain. Good foot care can help to prevent ulcers. Treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and foot pain varies depending on their causes and the severity of the case.

Symptoms:

  • Drainage from your foot
  • Swelling
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Odors from one or both feet

If black-looking skin surrounds the foot ulcer, seek help from a podiatrist immediately as this is very serious. This damaged skin forms because of an absence of healthy blood flow to the area around the ulcer. Partial or complete gangrene can appear around the ulcer. In this case, odorous discharge, pain, and numbness can occur.

Causes

  • Poor circulation
  • High blood sugar
  • Nerve damage
  • Irritated or wounded feet

Ulcers are not always obvious when they start. They can be even harder to find if a diabetic foot has loss of feeling or nerve damage. Regular examinations of the feet are key in order to prevent foot ulcers from becoming more severe. If ulcers are left untreated, they can cause serious infections such as gangrene. This could potentially lead to the loss of the foot.

If you experience any foot pain or discomfort, it is important to consult with your podiatrist to ensure it’s not a serious problem, as infected ulcers can result in amputation if neglected. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure and be confident in the podiatrist you choose.

By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
February 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ulcers   Venous Ulcers  

Venous ulcers can be painful and difficult to treat. Knowing how they form is essential to treating them before they advance.

Venous ulcers, also called vascular, stasis or varicose ulcers, form when the veins in the lower extremities do not allow for sufficient blood flow venous ulcersback to the heart. They typically appear as dark purple or red blotches under the skin on the inside of the leg between the ankle and the calf. Over time, they can ulcerate, creating an open wound that is painful, inflamed and itchy. These ulcers are typically slow to heal and can harbor infection as a result.

Recognizing the signs

If you notice a dark bruise­like area forming on one or both of your lower legs, contact your doctor immediately. Treating these pools of stagnant blood before they turn into ulcers is extremely important.

Treatment

The first step in treating venous ulcers is to promote blood circulation. Alternate lying down with your feet propped up to the level of your heart with daily walking. Physical activity helps the blood to move through your body more efficiently. Even after an ulcer has healed, wearing compression stockings at all times (except for bathing and sleep) will also help to encourage the blood to continue to circulate properly.

Recurring ulcers may require skin grafts or surgery.

Prevention

Although venous ulcers can be caused by other problems, they are often caused by lifestyle issues such as smoking, obesity and inactivity. Maintaining a healthful diet and a regimen of regular exercise can help prevent a multitude of problems, including the formation of venous ulcers.

It is important to remember that if an ulcer has formed, early treatment is usually more successful than waiting until the ulcer has become larger or infected. If you think you may be at risk for venous ulcers or other circulatory problems, talk with your doctor.

If not taken care of properly, diabetes can lead to life-threatening problems. Diabetics can lose sensation due to poor circulation, especially in their feet, which can result in further complications. A smart mat device invented by four engineering students from Jackson State University aims to identify diabetic foot issues, such as ulcers, before they completely develop. The device works to sense any temperature changes in diabetic feet, with lower temperatures indicating poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation can lead to foot ulcers as well as neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, talk to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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