Diabetic foot occurs when someone has diabetes. Diabetic foot happens when diabetes causes blood sugar levels to be too high and this can damage the blood vessels or nerves over time. This nerve damage can create a loss of feeling in the feet, making it so cuts or sores are not felt and then lead to infection since they were not treated. When diabetes damages the blood vessels, the feet are not getting the right amount of oxygen and blood which makes it harder for the foot to heal and can lead to amputation.
Symptoms of Diabetic Foot
- Loss of feeling in the feet
- Slow healing cuts and sores on the feet
Causes of Diabetic Foot
- Bad foot hygiene
Complications of Diabetic Foot
- Amputation of the foot
Prevention for Diabetic Foot
- Keep healthy blood flow to feet
- Keep good foot hygiene
Things to do at home for Diabetic Foot
- Clean and check on your feet daily
- Maintain smooth and soft skin
- Gently smooth corn and calluses
- Trim toenails often if you can, if not have someone else trim them for you
- Protect feet by wearing socks and shoes always
- Protect feet from extreme temperatures
Treatment of Diabetic Foot
We use the following approaches to relieve Diabetic Foot:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with Diabetic Foot. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.