Diabetic Foot Issues in New Jersey
Are you struggling to prevent your diabetic foot issues from becoming worse? If so, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons the podiatric experts, based out of Cedar Knolls, NJ today!
What are Diabetic Foot Issues?
Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease that is caused by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can also decrease your body’s ability to fight off infections, which is especially harmful in your feet. When diabetes is not properly controlled, damage can occur to the organs and impairment of the immune system is likely to occur.
Diabetes can cause a wide range of foot problems for individuals, especially if gone untreated for long periods, due to two primary contributing factors:
- Nerve damage
- Decreased blood flow
Nerve damage can cause loss of feeling to the feet, misaligned feet that can unevenly distribute pressure, and even foot ulcers. The decreased blood flow that many diabetes patients experience (also known as peripheral vascular disease) can lead to cuts or wounds that take a long time to heal.
Poor circulation and a loss of feeling can cause a minor problem, such as a tiny crack in your skin to develop into a serious infection.
Signs & Symptoms of Infections
Common diabetes related foot and leg problems:
Infections and ulcers (sores) that don’t heal
Because of poor circulation to the feet, cuts or blisters can easily turn into ulcers that become infected and won’t heal. This is a common – and serious – complication of diabetes and can lead to the loss of your foot, your leg, or your life. An ulcer is a sore on the skin that may go all the way down to the bone.
Corns and callouses
When neuropathy is present, you can’t tell if your shoes are causing pressure and producing corns and callouses. Corns and callouses must be properly treated or they can develop into ulcers.
Ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections can go unnoticed because of loss of feeling. If they are not professionally treated, they can lead to ulcers.
Benefits of Addressing Your Diabetic Foot Issues
If you think you may be suffering from diabetic foot issues, the first thing you should do is speak with your physician to schedule an examination. If you are experiencing foot issues, the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle can help:
- Increase sensation in your feet.
- Reduce the pain and soreness associated with foot ulcers.
- Help any persistent wounds to heal properly.
How is Treatment for Diabetic Foot Issues Performed?
Your doctor examines your feet during every medical exam. He or she is looking for signs of foot ulcers, infections or diabetic neuropathy, which is a loss of sensation or a “pins and needles” feeling in your feet.
To treat foot ulcers, he or she will run tests on the ulcerous tissues of your foot to decide what antibiotic to use. Your doctor may also have your foot X-ray to see if you have a bone infection. You will have to disinfect your foot, change dressings often and take enzyme treatments.
For diabetic neuropathy, your doctor will recommend:
- Keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range
- Take your medication or insulin as ordered
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain your blood pressure
- Avoid smoking
- Exercise daily
Getting regular foot check-ups and seeking immediate help when you notice something can keep small problems from worsening. You may also be told to limit alcohol intake. This helps to keep your condition from getting worse. Your doctor will also ask you how your feet are feeling – this lets him or her know if your symptoms are improving or getting worse. He or she will also check your feet during every checkup, looking for foot sores or signs of infection. Because you have less sensation in your feet, you may not feel a sore or infection developing.
Preparing for Treatment Related to Your Diabetic Foot Issues
When first visiting our office, please bring the following:
- Medical insurance card
- List of any known drug allergies
- Medical history related to your diabetic foot issues (we can request this from your physician as well, although bringing it with you on your first visit can help us find a solution for you more quickly).
Recovering from Treatment Related to Diabetic Foot Issues
Recovery from your diabetic foot issue-related treatment will depend primarily on your specific diagnosis and the treatment your physician prescribes.
However, be sure that you continue treating your diabetes during the recovery process, as this can directly influence how long the process takes, as well as your overall success.
A New Generation of Foot & Ankle Specialists
Our doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons have specialized training and qualifications for diabetic foot care and limb salvage. Our main goal as diabetic foot and ankle specialists is to restore health to the foot and to prevent complications that could result in worsening conditions and even amputation. They are experienced in new surgical techniques to save feet and legs, including joint reconstruction and the use of advanced wound-healing technology. Our doctors work together with your other health care providers to prevent and treat complications from diabetes.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Does Treating Diabetic Foot Issues Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
We take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!