The dysfunction of your nerves inhibits your protective sensation. Because your ability to feel pain becomes diminished, you must be diligent to look at your feet every day. The smallest break in skin requires an immediate visit with Dr. Thomajan. Early detection and intervention can put you on track to heal the damage. Failure to do so can have serious complications. A scary fact is that approximately 20% of diabetic wounds lead to amputation. No one thinks they will be that 1 in 5 people who must sacrifice a part of their body to save their life. There is a lot you can do to help assure that your do not become one of these statistics. Dr. Thomajan has a free book full of diabetes education which reflects his quote: "I am completely committed and absolutely dedicated to making sure that I can educate everyone in the greater Austin area with information and good sound decisions about the health of their feet and ankles. That's why I wrote these books and why I give them free to anyone that wants them. This allows me to stay true to my mission to educate people about their foot health."
Controlling your blood sugars is a very proactive way of protecting the small nerves that innervate your feet. In the case that this damage has already occurred, examining your feet daily and seeking treatment at the onset of problems is the first thing you should do. Your podiatrist will utilize various alterations to your foot wear or specific ally designed ‘boots' to help protect and remove pressure from the wound site to allow it to heal. In the case of infected wounds, you may need a referral to an infectious disease doctor so that the proper antibiotics can be administered. Your blood flow must also be good in order for your body to supply the proper nutrients and growth factors to promote healing. This may require the help of other medical specialists. This team approach of various specialists along with your due diligence can help you heal those wounds and be part of the 80% who keep their limbs.
Until next time, keep those feet happy and health Austin!