If you have diabetes, you already know that you are at risk for serious complications like foot ulcers and infections.
If you’re suffering from a diabetic foot wound, you can depend on the skilled care Dr. Benjamin Tehrani, DPM, AACFAS, provides at King’s Point Foot and Ankle Specialists. Men and women in Downtown Los Angeles can call the office in Downtown Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. For an appointment or use the easy scheduling button to book online.
Which foot problems are associated with diabetes?
If you have diabetes, it’s imperative that you see Dr. Tehrani at least twice each year, but every three months is even better. Because foot problems are so rampant among diabetics, proactive care is the only way to prevent a severe problem or catch it early when it’s most treatable.
Perpetually high blood sugar leads to neuropathy and vascular disease and provokes foot problems, such as:
- Poor circulation
- Impaired nerve function
- Lack of sensation
- Numbness, tingling, burning
- Infected, inflamed toenails
What are some diabetic foot care tips?
The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk for complications that may lead to an amputation. Thorough foot care is critical to prevent dry gangrene and amputation. Diligent foot care falls into three distinct categories:
General Foot Inspection
- Thoroughly exam both of your feet every day
- Look for small cracks, cuts, wounds, and ulcers
- Look on the balls of your feet and between your toes for calluses and discoloration
Nail and Skin Care
- Keep dry patches on your feet lubricated with lotion to prevent cracking
- Look for thick, brittle, or yellow nails that may indicate a fungal nail infection
- Don’t wear shoes that are too tight
- Speak to Dr. Tehrani about custom shoes or orthotics
How are foot wounds treated?
With diabetes comes compromised immune system function, which makes you susceptible to systemic infection. Dr. Tehrani customizes your diabetic wound care according to your health history and the severity of the wound or infection. Treatment options he may use are:
- Glucose monitoring and control
- Medications, such as topical ointments and antibiotics to combat infection
- Surgical skin grafts with MiMedx® to speed wound healing
- Debridement, the removal of dead, infected, and thickened skin
If you are diabetic and have a slow or non-healing wound on your foot, don’t wait any longer. Call the office for a compassionate and comprehensive consultation with Dr. Tehrani for diabetic wound care. You can also use the scheduling tool to reserve an appointment online.