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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
April 04, 2018
Category: diabetic footcare
Tags: diabetic footcare  

Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, we help patients overcome foot issues daily. Many common foot ailments that can be a breeze to treat for some people can cause a huge pain in the foot for diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, here are a few common issues to look out for:

Foot Ulcers -- Ulcers are cracks or sores that go deep into the skin of your foot. For someone with diabetes, an ulcer can start out as a mild blister from a shoe rubbing on your toes or a small cut on your foot. Untreated ulcers can grow to become serious infections, which can need surgery.

Blisters -- For diabetic patients, blisters can become a serious concern. If left untreated, they can lead to a nasty infection. If you notice a blister forming on your foot, call your podiatrist, and never pop it open.

Neuropathy -- High levels of glucose in your body can leave the nerves in your extremities damaged, leading to a lack of sensation in your feet. This doesn’t directly cause pain, but can make it difficult to notice a blister, wound, or crack on your foot. These blemishes can be serious if left untreated.

Fungal Nails -- Circulation issues and diabetes often go hand-in-hand. This makes fungal nails more difficult to treat and potentially more problematic. If topical solutions don’t rid your toenails of fungus, your podiatrist can help prescribe a regimen of oral medication.

Athlete’s Foot -- Dry skin associated with diabetes can leave your skin more prone to bacteria. Even tiny cracks can make athlete’s foot difficult to treat for a diabetic patient. Chat with your podiatrist for a solid solution to stop this infection.

Our professional podiatrists, Dr. William Stoll, Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, and Dr. Daalia Jones are well-versed in diabetic foot care. If you are diabetic and dealing with any of the above foot ailments, or suffering from any other issues, call our office today. 

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
March 06, 2018
Category: diabetic footcare
Tags: foot infections  

Foot Infections are risky and potentially life-changing. This is the case because they can lead to amputations. In particular, diabetics who incur foot infections can have severe issues depending on if they are mild, modest or severe.

Diabetes has the potential to make any foot infection turn serious, which can include cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, septic arthritis or tendinitis. Foot infections are among the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Diabetics with foot infections have an increased likelihood of requiring hospitalization. Since diabetics have the increased risk of foot ulcerations, infections are the leading influences for amputation. The usual cause of infections in the foot is bacterial in nature.

If a foot infection is formed because of an untreated wound, it will be cultured by a medical professional to determine the exact cause of the infection so that the most effective medication can be prescribed. If the foot has an ulcer, the skin of it will be scraped off for a biopsy.

Consequently, proper care of foot infections involves effective wound management, use of antibiotics and any surgical treatment that may be necessary. It’s also important to prevent the formation of antibiotic-resistant infections by not using too many unnecessary antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotic treatment should last for up to a month or up to 4 months if the infection has spread or become severe and is absolutely essential.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Proper management of diabetic foot infections through proper medications, drainage, removal of debris/dead tissues and wound care.
  • Surgical procedures that involve corrective measures and/or amputation. These procedures are only effective if done so timely.

Proper management of foot infections is paramount for maintaining suitable long-term foot and ankle health. At Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., will identify and manage any foot infection you may develop. So, please call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment so that we can help your feet beat any infection that may be present or that which may try to infect your foot in the future.

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 24, 2018
Category: diabetic footcare
Tags: diabetes  

Diabetes is a serious condition that has very real impacts on foot and ankle health.  Any small abrasion on a diabetic’s foot could turn into a severe complication that can result in nerve damage to feet, masking sensations normally felt on them. This condition may also impede the flow of blood to feet, making healing after an injury difficult. Moreover, the diminishing sensation could allow for a dangerous situation since a diabetic may not realize that they have an injury on their foot. Severe complications may require an amputation of the infected foot.

Diabetics may also have high blood sugar levels. Nerve issues may be due to diabetic neuropathy which causes a lack of feeling of cold or hot sensations in addition to not feeling any pain. When the lack of feeling becomes prevalent, it may become dangerous since a wound occurring on the foot may not get noticed and develop into something serious. Foot muscles may also not function normally because of damage to the nerves, causing a large amount of pressure in a single area of the foot.

Foot ulcers can also occur because of nerve damage; however, they can also happen because of peripheral vascular disease. Peripheral vascular disease occurs when diabetes disturbs the flow of blood to the foot. Wounds do not heal timely because blood does not reach the wound site in a normal amount of time. This complication disturbs blood vessels away from the heart.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Cleaning wounds on the feet.
  • Medicines to extinguish foot infections.
  • Losing weight to reduce the amount of pressure on feet.
  • Surgical procedures as required.

Diabetes can make any routine daily activity into an unsafe movement. Precautions must, therefore, be taken to avoid complications. Please contact us to start on the road to proper treatment. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can assist with ensuring that your feet aren’t a casualty to this condition! Consequently, make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.

 



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