Nerve damage from diabetes is called diabetic neuropathy, and almost half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage. Getting the proper diagnosis and treatment for a diabetic foot is an important first step.
Charcot foot presents as a red, hot, and swollen foot with multiple fractures and sometimes dislocations but is often associated with very little pain. This condition weakens the bones and develops in patients who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation in your feet or legs due to damaged nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy occurs when you peripheral nervous system, which sends information from your brain and spinal cord to your arms and legs, is damaged. When this occurs in your feet, your lower extremities may not be getting the messages they need, like that they are cold or need to contract to move. People with peripheral neuropathy usually describe a tingling, burning or stabbing pain in their feet. Fortunately, in many cases the related symptoms are treatable to provide you some relief.
A large part of podiatry involves foot and ankle wound care and complicated limb salvage surgeries to save a person’s leg and quality of life. As specialists in every area below the knee, we can treat many types of wounds right here in our clinics. Foot, ankle and leg wound care involves a few different things includingcleaning wounds, applying wound care productsto promote and sometimes even performing surgery to heal a wound. The real challenge is treating the underlying cause of the wound. Often times there are several aspects to address when it comes to successful wound care.