Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Injury Questions
If you have questions about foot and ankle injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.
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Do trauma patients with diabetes have higher complication risks?
Conditions associated with diabetes can put you at a higher risk of complications. This is especially true if you are a trauma patient who has just undergone surgery. Because the disease affects blood circulation, diabetic patients have a more difficult time fighting off infection. As a result, they remain in the hospital longer and require more aggressive antibiotics. Strict guidelines must be put in place for managing glucose levels that can otherwise cause additional problems. Other risk factors include how advanced the patient’s condition is, and if they are suffering from peripheral vascular disease, a blood flow problem often associated with diabetes. Extra care must be taken of diabetic trauma patients to nullify these complication risks.
If you would like more information or have any questions, contact Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS at (512) 328-8900. You can also visit Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX, or find us online.
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How do you detect PAD in individuals with diabetes?
There is a new technology that helps detect one of diabetes' most harmful complications. It is called DDOT or dynamic diffuse optical tomography. It is a noninvasive, light based imaging modality developed by researchers at Columbia University that will allow clinicians to diagnosis and monitor peripheral artery diasese in individuals with diabetes more accurately.
Currently, noninvasive diagnostic methods for detecting PAD are limited to ankle brachial index or ABI and lower-limb duplex ultrasound which may not reveal the full picture of blood flow in the extermities in some cases.
DDOT may give clinicians the clearest picture yet of the quality of blood flow in the patients extremities by obtaining a direct measure of the distal perfusion rather than the surrogate ones yielded by the previously metioned modalities. This is accomplished by a near infrared optical tomography imager to send light through optical fibers into the tissue of the foot via a measuring probe placed around the foot.
If you suspect yourself or someone you know may be suffering from PAD, please make an appointment by calling 512-328-8900 to determine your risk of complications from this condition. The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are experts in the diagnosis and detection of PAD.
Is foot surgery safe for diabetics?
Diabetes is not a contraindication for foot surgery. Care and understanding of the risks and benefits of surgery will be discussed with the patient during an informed consent.
Why do diabetics need special shoes?
Only those that have been determined by your physician to be at risk for complications should require diabetic therapeutic shoes. Most however, require well fitting extra depth shoes to prevent from getting sores.
Why can diabetes cause foot ulcers?
As diabetic peripheral neuropathy progresses, various nerves are affected. These damaged nerves can cause problems that encourage development of ulcers. Deformities resulting from motor neuropathy result in bunion or hammertoes that may rub against other toes or the shoe can create a sore. The numbness caused by sensory neuropathy can make a patient unaware that this is happening. Additionally, cracked and dry skin caused by autonomic neuropathy, combined with sensory neuropathy numbness can also cause a sore.
When should I get treatment for a foot ulcer?
Now, infections and ulcers (sores) that don't heal must be seen by a foot specialist. An ulcer is a sore in the skin that may go all the way to the bone. Because of poor circulation and neuropathy in the feet, cuts and blisters can easily turn into ulcers that become infected and won't heal.
My feet are deformed from diabetes, how do I stop it from getting worse?
You play a vital role, in reducing complications. You should ask for and review proactive measures and guidelines for daily foot inspections and daily maintenance care of your feet.
Do all diabetics have poor circulation?
In diabetes, the blood vessels below the knee often become narrow and restrict blood flow. This prevents wounds from healing and may cause tissue death.