Diabetic neuropathy is a severe foot condition that affects around half of all people with diabetes. If untreated, it can lead to foot loss. Leonard Greenwald, DPM, is an experienced podiatrist based in San Jose, California. He provides diabetic foot care to ease painful symptoms and reduce the risk of foot amputation. The sooner you begin treatment, the greater the chances of success. Call the office or book your appointment online today.
Did you know that there's a connection between diabetes and feet? Diabetes can cause a condition called diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). While you can experience nerve damage in almost any part of the body, the feet and ankles are particularly affected.
People with diabetes need to take special care of their feet and ankles. Not doing so can result in foot damage or even amputation.
Dr. Greenwald offers comprehensive diabetic foot care evaluations, treating and managing foot infections and other foot disorders caused by the disease.
When you have diabetes, even a seemingly harmless condition like dry skin can lead to severe infection. Be on the lookout for the following:
Dr. Greenwald recommends you make an appointment if you experience any of these issues.
Nerve damage in the foot can prevent you from feeling pain or discomfort, so it often falls to visual or sensory cues to tell you if anything is wrong. Dr. Greenwald does all he can to prevent amputation, but treatment success often depends on how quickly he catches a condition before it worsens.
Signs that you need diabetic foot care include:
Changes in foot shape, skin color, visible swelling, and pus or drainage on your socks are all signs that you need medical aid. You should also look out for symptoms of common foot conditions.
Ulcers and infection may emit an unpleasant smell.
Any sudden or extreme changes in your foot's temperature — hot or cold — could be a sign that something is wrong.
You can never be too careful with diabetic foot care. If you have any concerns, call Leonard Greenwald, DPM, right away.
Diabetic foot care looks different for everyone. Dr. Greenwald creates individualized treatment plans based on each person's needs. A care plan may include antibiotics, physical therapy, medication, and — in severe cases — surgery.
Take control over your foot health when you partner with Leonard Greenwald, DPM. Call the practice or book online to make a diabetic foot care appointment today.