While diabetes is an issue that directly impacts a person’s blood sugar levels, this can lead to secondary effects that can cause significant health concerns in the feet. Here at Synergy Foot and Ankle, our team is led by Dr. Tran and brings an impressive level of experience and skill to the table. Our extensive experience with foot and ankle issues will enable us to help you find relief from your pain, so you can get back to your fullest quality of life.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you address your diabetes-related foot issues, a member of our team is here to help, and we’re excited to set up your in-person consultation. Simply reach out to our McKinney location today, and start your journey to recovery with Synergy Foot and Ankle.

How Do I Know I have Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy refers to the nerve damage that can occur as a result of abnormally high blood sugar levels that are caused by diabetes. When a person suffers from diabetes, their body is unable to produce insulin, an important compound that helps your body metabolize blood sugars. Over time, the presence of these excessive blood sugars will start to wear down, damage, and kill your nerve fibers. “Neuropathy” literally means damage to the nerves.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy often include:

  • Pain in the feet that feels like burning, throbbing, tingling, etc
  • A numbness that slowly spreads up your limbs
  • Oversensitivity to normal, everyday sensations
  • A notable decrease in your levels of coordination
  • An increased amount of falling
  • Lack of balance and stability
  • Increased sensitivity to heat
  • A decline in your muscle strength
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What Complications Can Arise from Diabetic Neuropathy?

The biggest issue that comes along with diabetic neuropathy is the fact that your body’s natural warning system is critically disabled. Your ability to feel pain and discomfort in your feet enables you to notice when you’ve injured your foot, or are experiencing discomfort that can lead to a more serious problem down the line. Diabetic neuropathy prevents you from being able to notice problems when they start out small. 

Over time, these minor issues can progress and eventually cause serious issues like an infection...eventually, this can lead to amputation. Our goal at Synergy Foot and Ankle is to work closely with you so you understand the risks and dangers that come along with diabetic neuropathy. We’ll help you understand your condition, and will help you make lifestyle changes that decrease your risk for serious future problems.

Corns and Calluses

These issues develop naturally as a result of excessive friction or pressure on the feet...but when diabetic neuropathy is present, a patient is unable to feel the discomfort that would accompany this unnecessary friction. Corns and calluses that aren’t addressed quickly enough can develop dangerous infections over time.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Nerve damage that can result from diabetic neuropathy often results in a breakdown of the skin tissues on the foot, resulting in small lesions that can grow and become more serious with time. These open sores might not even be painful, thanks to nerve damage in the area, but they can become very dangerous if left unaddressed.

Skin Issues

Diminished sensation or constant pain in the feet can make it easy to miss the relatively minor discomfort that would normally alert you to the presence of skin problems. Inspecting your feet regularly is a great way to make sure that you haven’t developed any skin problems that you may not have noticed due to persistent nerve damage.

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Experience and Expertise, Working for You

Led by board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Nam Tran, the team at Synergy Foot and Ankle has extensive experience with limb preservation and foot health and can help you find relief from the issues that have been negatively impacting your quality of life.

Dr. Tran’s passion lies in helping his patients discover a pathway out of their painful foot issues. Many individuals come to Synergy Foot and Ankle afraid that their problems will be permanent. In most cases, this simply could not be further from the truth! Whatever your issues may be, we’re confident that we can help you chart a course back to total wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about how Synergy Foot and Ankle can help you once again enjoy your full quality of life, our team is here to help! Reach out to us at our McKinney location and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

Helping You Avoid Issues Related to Diabetes

There are a number of effective methods by which we can help you find relief from diabetes-related foot issues. Every patient is different, so your treatment plan will be customized according to your specific issues. Many of our patients are able to find relief with the following strategies:

  • Lifestyle choices like proper footwear can help you avoid feet that may become too dry or overly moist. 
  • It is important to wear socks and close-toed shoes, even when you’re simply relaxing at home. This can prevent foot injuries that may go unnoticed and lead to more serious issues in the future.
  • Checking your feet daily is the best way to ensure that you haven’t had any injuries go unnoticed
  • Smoking can negatively impact your circulation and healing abilities. Cutting out this habit can go a long way towards preserving your foot health.
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Enjoy the Relief You Deserve

If you’re dealing with diabetes, Synergy Foot and Ankle is here to help. We can help you develop habits and patterns that will prevent the development of foot issues in the future, or we can help you find relief from your pain if those issues have already begun to make themselves known. Our goal is to help you rest assured and once again live your life to the fullest. To learn more about how we’ll accomplish this goal, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today!

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