Diabetic Foot Care - Serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area
Who needs Diabetic Foot Care?
Recommended Yearly Diabetic Foot Exam
The answer is, anyone with Diabetes should have a yearly diabetic foot exam to check for Diabetic Neuropathy and prevent foot infections. Diabetes is a serious metabolic disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which causes high blood glucose levels. This is toxic to the bodies smallest blood vessels- to the eyes, the kidneys, and to the nerves of the feet. That is why in addition to yearly diabetic foot exams, they should also have their eyes and kidneys tested!
It afflicts about 16 million Americans and can cause very serious long-term complications, including kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, eye damage, osteoporosis, and foot damage.
What to expect during a Diabetic Foot Exam
Our main goal is to prevent foot infections leading to amputations; your Podiatrist will first ask many questions about your blood sugar. Then she will visually inspect the skin of the foot for any open areas, cracks between the toes or on the heels, and the condition of your skin (too damp or too dry) Areas of redness and blisters are attended to. Different treatment protocols are recommended for each condition. Then Dr Teimouri will check your pulses in your feet to see if you have adequate blood supply to heal any wounds. Next the neurological exam uses a very specific thickness of nylon bristle to check the nerves in your foot and determine if protective sensation is intact. This determines if you have DIABETIC NEUROPATHY, which is serious , but can be managed by your podiatrist. Last she will check for any bony deformities that put you at risk for pressure sores that can open the skin and become infected.
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There are several types of diabetes:
- Type 1: Adults with this type of diabetes (sometimes know as insulin-dependent) cannot make their own insulin, so they must take it every day to live.
- Type 2: People with this, the most common type of diabetes, may have to take insulin or pills so that their body can use insulin more effectively. Type 2 diabetes is connected to family history, age, and obesity, among other things.
- Gestational diabetes: This type is experienced by women in the later stages of pregnancy. It usually disappears after a woman has given birth, but about 50 of women who experience gestational diabetes will then develop Type 2 diabetes in as few as five years.
Foot Damage in Diabetics
Because of reduced blood flow or nerve damage in the feet, individuals with diabetes are prone to many complications, including foot infections. If left untreated, these infections—some of which begin as just cuts or blisters—could lead to potentially serious consequences, including foot, toe or even leg amputation.
What are Diabetic Ulcers?
Diabetic ulcers are sores that occur when pressure cuts off the blood supply to the skin. The stress that is produces by the body’s own weight, as well as the impact your feet repeatedly striking the ground to day-to-day activities place the ball of the foot, the big toe, and the heel at greater risk. If left untreated, an ulcer may allow infection to enter your body, which can put your limbs or even your life at risk. Fortunately, with the help of Beaver Valley Foot Clinic’s doctors, pressure ulcers can be controlled and even prevented.
Keep Your Feet Healthy Through Diabetes Management
The good news is that you can often manage your diabetes to prevent or minimize most diabetic foot problems, reducing the risk of limb loss. Since diabetes affects different parts of the body, most diabetics must see several medical specialists for proper disease management. Beaver Valley Foot Clinic’s doctors will work with you to develop an individualized, easy-to-follow plan to help keep your feet healthy.
Don’t let diabetic foot pain get in your way call now 878-313-3338
We have same Day and Emergency appointments for Diabetics with a diabetic foot ulcer available in one of our 4 foot clinics in Beaver County, Cranberry Twp foot clinics, or Podiatrist office in Moon Twp!
HOURS OF OPERATION
- Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Evenings and weekend available for emergencies
- 22 years of experience
- 4 convenient locations
- Board Certified Podiatrist ABFAS
- Customized treatment plan
Diabetic foot ulcer & diabetic leg ulcer FAQ’s:
Wagner Ulcer classification system
GRADE - LESION
- 0 No open lesions; may have deformity or cellulitis
- 1 Superficial diabetic ulcer (partial or full thickness)
- 2 Ulcer extension to ligament, tendon, joint capsule, or deep fascia without abscess or osteomyelitis
- 3 Deep ulcer with abscess, osteomyelitis, or joint sepsis
- 4Gangrene localized to portion of forefoot or heel
- 5 Extensive gangrenous involvement of the entire foot
Texas System classification
- Grade 0 a pre- or postulcerative site.
- Grade 1 ulcers are superficial wounds through either the epidermis or the epidermis and dermis, but that do not penetrate to tendon, capsule, or bone.
- Grade 2 wounds penetrate to tendon or capsule, but the bone and joints are not involved.
- Grade 3 wounds penetrate to bone or into a joint.
Each wound grade is comprised of 4 stages:
- clean wounds
- nonischemic infected wounds
- ischemic wounds
- infected ischemic wounds
SAD classification: grades 5 ulcer features (size, depth, sepsis, arteriopathy, and denervation