Diabetes puts a patient at high risk for potential limb loss, due to issues that can arise with their circulation and nerve health. Characterized by the inability of your body to properly metabolize your blood sugar, diabetes can cause nerve damage and circulation issues, especially down in the lower parts of your legs, including your feet and ankles. For this reason, it’s always recommended that diabetics adopt a highly proactive approach when it comes to foot care, as this can help you avoid painful complications, unfortunate infections, and even limb loss in the instance of an issue that is allowed to progress.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Synergy Foot and Ankle can help you with limb preservation, our team is standing by and ready to set up your consultation. Simply reach out to us at our McKinney location and speak to a member of our staff today!

What Is Limb Preservation?

Conditions such as diabetes and neuropathy can greatly increase a patient’s chances of encountering complications that could lead to amputation or limb loss. Our limb preservation program is designed to regularly monitor and treat these complications before they progress.

Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent and lower the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent.

Why Should I Worry About Peripheral Neuropathy?

One of the most commonly-seen complications that can be caused by diabetes is a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. This condition can impact nerves anywhere in the body, but when diabetes is in play, the likelihood of peripheral neuropathy developing in the feet and ankles increases significantly.

When your blood sugar levels are elevated for too long, it can cause the tissues that make up your nerve fibers to degrade and die off. This is called neuropathy, and its early stages don’t involve a lack of feeling...instead, as your nerves are dying off, they send an abundance of signals to the brain, which results in tingling or burning sensations.

Eventually, the feeling can be lost completely in part or all of the feet, at which point the patient is at high risk for injuries or problems that may go unnoticed. Diabetics must frequently check their feet for cuts and injuries that weren’t noticed due to feeling loss, as these issues can develop serious infections down the line.

When Should I Schedule an Exam?

Here at Synergy Foot and Ankle, we’re always of the opinion that the proactive approach is the best approach. We frequently advise that our patients come in for a check-up even if they suspect a minor issue. Many of the problems that we address have a tendency to start out small before growing significant enough to negatively impact your quality of life. Catching problems with the feet and ankles before they get serious is a great way to avoid significant pain and uncomfortable medical procedures in the future.

  • Skin color changes
  • Swelling of the foot or ankle
  • Numbness in the feet or toes
  • Pain in the legs
  • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
  • Bleeding corns and calluses
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The Synergy Foot and Ankle Difference

At Synergy Foot and Ankle, we understand that true limb preservation is a collaborative effort. Our care will often incorporate the expertise of leading foot and ankle surgeons, wound care physicians, and vascular surgeons. It is this multidisciplinary approach that gives patients the results they deserve.

Our team is led by Dr. Nam Tran, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who brings a high level of specialized experience to the table. If you’re worried about limb preservation due to diabetes, we’re here to help. We’ll set you up with a treatment plan that enables you to enjoy lasting peace of mind, so you can enjoy your life the way you’re meant to. To learn more, simply reach out and set up your consultation with a member of our team today, and begin your journey to total wellness.

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