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Diabetes that is not adequately managed or otherwise under control can damage a person’s nerves and may eventually lead to a condition called Diabetic Neuropathy.

Addressing Neuropathy

When nerves in the legs and feet are damaged, they may not be able to feel sensations like heat, cold, or pain. While that may not sound like a big deal, it really is. If a person is unable to feel a wound on their foot, for example, then the injury is at risk of not healing correctly, becoming infected, and possibly needing surgery to sufficiently address it.

Your Options

For these reasons, diabetic foot and wound care are vitally important. At Newport Foot and Ankle Center, we take great pride in helping our diabetic patients stay on top of caring for their wounds and feet, through the following options:

  • Expert wound cleaning and treatment with sterile dressings designed to keep bacteria out of open wounds. In some cases, antibiotics will be prescribed to help ensure any bacterial infections are eliminated.
  • Custom-fitted immobilization devices such as braces and casts.
  • Ongoing observation of diabetic foot conditions to ensure healing is progressing and that conditions aren’t worsening.
  • Custom-fitted orthotics specially made for people with diabetes.

Diabetic Wound Care FAQs

What is diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs as a result of poorly managed diabetes. It affects the nerves in the legs and feet, leading to a loss of sensation and potentially serious complications if not properly managed.

How do I know if I have it?

Common symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy include numbness, tingling, burning sensations, and pain in the feet and legs. If you experience these symptoms, it is important to see a specialist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.

Can you recover from diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

While diabetic peripheral neuropathy cannot be completely cured, its progression can be slowed, and symptoms can be managed effectively with proper treatment. Early intervention, tight blood sugar control, and regular foot care can significantly improve your quality of life.

How long does it take to develop?

The development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy varies from person to person and depends on factors such as how well diabetes is managed. It can take several years of poorly controlled blood sugar levels for neuropathy to develop.

What home remedies can I use for diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Home remedies that may help manage symptoms include maintaining good blood sugar control, regular foot inspections, wearing comfortable shoes, and engaging in gentle exercises like walking. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers and topical creams may provide relief. However, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider for a treatment plan.

People with diabetic neuropathy need to examine their own feet daily (looking for red or white discolorations of the skin, broken skin, wounds, or other skin breakdowns) and should have their feet examined by a specialist at least every other month to ensure close follow up. This is extremely important because research states that more than 80 percent of lower extremity amputations in people with diabetes are due to ulcers that haven’t healed. Sadly, the mortality risk for diabetic patients increases significantly in those who have undergone an amputation. The best bet in preventing it is to stay on top of your foot health.

With a breadth of experience in caring for numerous patients with diabetic foot and ankle concerns, Dr. Haupt and his expert team are here to help.

Why Choose Us?

Newport Foot & Ankle Center is dedicated to providing exceptional care for all your foot and ankle needs. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Expertise and Experience: Our team, led by Dr. Jeffrey Haupt, comprises highly qualified and experienced podiatrists. Dr. Haupt is a recognized authority in podiatry, teaching at UC Irvine and leading an ACFAS Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship.
  • Comprehensive Care: We offer a wide range of services, from routine podiatric care to advanced treatments for complex conditions. Our expertise in diabetic foot care, wound management, and neuropathy ensures you receive the highest standard of care.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our modern facilities in Anaheim and Newport Beach are equipped with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies. From on-site X-rays to cutting-edge in-office treatments, we provide comprehensive care in a comfortable environment.
  • Personalized Attention: At Newport Foot & Ankle Center, we treat every patient like family. Our compassionate team takes the time to understand your unique concerns and works closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan to ensure your comfort.
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