More than 34 million people in the United States — about 10.5% of the overall population — has diabetes, and one of the primary concerns that comes with this chronic disease is foot health. At Elite Foot and Ankle, Patrick Levine, DPM, and his team specialize in diabetic foot care, helping patients in Burbank, California, stay one step ahead of potentially life-altering foot problems. For experienced and expert diabetic foot care, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Diabetes is a systemic and chronic disease caused by your body’s inability to properly regulate the levels of glucose in your bloodstream. Of the many complications that can develop because of excess blood sugar, neuropathy in your lower extremities is one of the more common. In fact, approximately half of those with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) at some point in their lives.
The reason why this problem develops is that as glucose builds up in your blood, it hampers your circulation, especially in areas that are farthest from your heart — namely your lower legs and feet. As a result, the nerves in these areas can be damaged, which can lead to:
The last item on this list is the one that’s most concerning because if you develop diabetic ulcers that don’t heal, you run the risk of infection and amputation in severe cases.
When it comes to diabetic foot care, Dr. Levine has one goal in mind — to preserve the health of your feet. To accomplish this, early intervention is key, which is why Dr. Levine monitors your feet vigilantly, checking for early warning signs that your nerves are compromised. Through regularly scheduled appointments with Dr. Levine, he’s able to identify potential problems and act quickly to prevent larger ones from developing.
Should you develop a wound or foot ulcer (even a small blister can be problematic), Dr. Levine works quickly to facilitate healing. Unlike normal wounds, foot ulcers require a much higher standard of care since your feet don’t have the necessary resources to heal on their own.
Rest assured, Dr. Levine is highly trained in the latest surgical techniques and wound-healing technologies.
While there’s much that Dr. Levine can do to promote the health of your feet, the care you provide at home is critical, which includes:
Of course, managing your diabetes is your biggest defense against developing peripheral neuropathy, as is seeing your diabetic health care providers regularly, including Dr. Levine.
For comprehensive and expert diabetic foot care, call Elite Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking feature.