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Diabetic foot injuries. Even the smallest ones can have an impact on your daily life. They can make your work more difficult, your trips more painful, or they can tie you to your bed for good. We tend to ignore our foot pain, telling ourselves that we'll sleep it off, that it will be better tomorrow. But diabetic foot injuries tend to sneak up and go unnoticed.
Here at Complete Foot & Ankle, we help you learn about the different types of diabetic foot pain and injuries. This allows you to become aware of your foot pain at an early stage, and take the appropriate steps to heal the problem at its root.
Alarming Diabetic Wounds You Shouldn't Ignore
Diabetic wounds. Basically, these are the wounds of the foot in a diabetic patient. Different types of wounds can occur. Primarily, it is either a pressure ulcer or a venous stasis ulcer.
- Pressure ulcers occur when a patient remains in place for an extended period of time. Usually in bed or a wheelchair. The skin presses against a surface and develops a wound as a result.
- Venous stasis ulcer is a little trickier to heal. It occurs when the leg swells and the skin cracks, forming darkly contoured open wounds.
Complete Foot & Ankle specializes in treating venous stasis ulcers and other diabetic foot wounds. If you think you may be developing any form of diabetic wound, contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.
Early Diagnosis = Easy Treatment
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Bunions are quite common. Especially in older people, and predominantly in women. Bunions are a bony bump on the outside of the big toe that tends to be painful and discomforting. Stand for too long or walk in uncomfortable shoes and you will have a flare-up of pain, and inflammation.
- Bunion Surgery
Many people ask if surgery is inevitable. Absolutely not, but there are cases where surgery is the most appropriate option to remove the pain and correct the bump. It is an easy procedure that allows you to walk the next day, or after a few days at most.
- Is there another option?
Of course, there is, bunions are treated depending on their severity and the results of your x-ray. There are mild bunions that are extremely painful, and severe bunions that do not hurt at all.
If you are suffering from a bunion, Complete Foot & Ankle Medical Office can offer you much-needed peace of mind and can lay out your options for optimal treatment.
Numbness in Legs and Feet:
Numbness in the feet is an alarming sign. It's common with diabetes, specifically diabetic neuropathy. Basically, it's tingling and pain that usually occurs at night, while sleeping, or when you're sitting still.
- Why diabetic neuropathy is dangerous:
It's a double-edged sword that proves devastating to your health. Diabetic neuropathy usually results in pain and twitching when you aren't doing anything - whether you're sitting, sleeping or standing. Or the other way around, you feel nothing once you hurt yourself, such as when you twist your ankle or step on glass.
There are a few options for treating diabetic neuropathy, which include:
- Supportive shoes
- Blood sugar control
If the numbness starts to affect your quality of life or wakes you up at night, you can contact our office.
Infections in diabetic patients are always serious. They range from superficial paronychia to deep infection affecting the bones. They can be cellulitis, myositis, abscesses, and so on. The most damaging is Gangrene.
- What is Gangrene?
Gangrene is always grave and potentially fatal. It occurs when the blood flowing through a large part of the foot is cut off. When the circulation is blocked, the tissue breaks down and dies.
- What are the signs?
If you have any of these signs, please call our medical office immediately.
The first sign of Gangrene that you can't ignore is skin discoloration, most often greenish-black. But it can be blue, purple, black or bronze.
Some signs develop as the disease spreads:
- Coldness and numbness in the affected area.
- Pain in the affected area.
- Redness and swelling around a wound
- Sores that continue to pop up in the same place.
Ankle and Foot Injuries
Ankle injuries are quite common. There are many different types. From ankle sprains to weight-bearing and age-related pain. It can be a lateral injury, Achilles tendonitis, Stress fracture, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, and so forth.
Treating your ankle varies depending on the severity. Some cases can be treated with simple painkillers and time off, others require a physical therapy program, and in some cases, surgery is required.
If your ankle pain is chronic and prevents you from performing your daily tasks, you can have a full consultation within our Complete Foot and Ankle Center.
Foot Care Experts That Can Keep You Loving - Pain-free
The Complete Foot and Ankle Center is all about getting you back on your feet. We pride ourselves on having the best podiatry experts who can help relieve your foot pain, whether it's from infection or injury.
Our center specializes in the treatment of diabetic foot pain because we understand the severity and the frequency of these ailments. It is estimated that two out of every 100 diabetic patients suffer from a foot ulcer each year. The risks are immeasurably serious.
That's why we inform, educate and work to raise global awareness for early diagnosis and easy treatment.
Our offices are located in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey. And we would be happy to have you join us. Our patients are family, and we tend to keep our follow-ups and consultations to a maximum.
Give us a call or visit us at our location, our customer care team is standing by ready to assist you.