Fifteen percent of the 37 million Americans with diabetes will develop ulcers (open sores or wounds) on their soles. An infection or related complication will force six percent of those 15 to be hospitalized. Podiatrists are the medical specialists who treat foot ulcers.
The office of Ozark Foot & Ankle PLC cares for the wide spectrum of problems that involve feet. We know the significance of foot comfort, and all of our patients are given as much time and attention as they need.
The best way to stave off diabetic foot ulcers is to be on the lookout for the before they form. Inspect your feet every day. Hone in on the soles and the areas between your toes and look for redness, blisters, cracks, bruises, cuts or anything you have never seen before. Report any of your suspicions—even if they seem mundane—to your podiatrist as quickly as possible.
At every appointment with a healthcare provider, ask him or her if he or she would mind taking a look at your feet. And, of course, see a podiatrist regularly. He (or she) will conclude if there’s a likely possibility that you will acquire a foot ulcer.
Any of these foot conditions can contribute to the development of a foot ulcer: uncontrolled blood sugar, a history of foot ulcers, not wearing socks (they cut down on friction and pressure), poor circulation, neuropathy, an abnormality such as a bunion or hammer toe, and ill-fitting shoes. (A podiatrist will recommend the best types of shoes for you.) Other contributing factors are the consumption of tobacco and/or alcohol, as well as having high cholesterol and elevated blood glucose.
No matter what kind of foot problem you suffer from, count on the expertise of everyone at Ozark Foot & Ankle PLC. We will scrupulously evaluate the health of your feet and patiently answer all of your questions. Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.
By Ozark Foot & Ankle PLLC
June 29, 2022