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Royal Palm Beach, FL

11412 Okeechobee Blvd.

Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 USA

561-793-6170

Lake Worth, FL

3618 Lantana Road, Suite 102

Lake Worth, FL 33462 USA

561-967-4999

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

3375 Burns Road, Suite 107

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 USA

561-691-4682

Belle Glade, FL

1100 S. Main Street

Belle Glade, FL 33430 USA

561-993-9968

Surgical Center- West Palm Beach, Fl 33409

2047 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Suite 100

West Palm Beach, FL 33409 USA

561-793-6170

Diabetes And Other Diseases

Diabetes often leads to foot problems because of complications that can occur as a result of some of the symptoms of diabetes. Diabetes causes neuropathy, a weakened immune system, and clogged arteries. All of those problems can lead to foot sores that do not heal at a normal rate. Infection can lead to severe diabetic foot ulcers, which can lead to amputation if the tissue is unable to heal properly. If you have diabetes, or think you might have one of these diabetic conditions, don’t delay treatment as symptoms can worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Diabetics must be vigilant about monitoring their feet for sores or cuts on a daily basis. Our Lantana podiatrists and foot doctors throughout Palm Beach will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

Charcot Joint

Charcot joint, also known as Charcot foot disease or diabetic Charcot foot, is a serious complication that affects the feet of diabetic patients. If severe peripheral neuropathy is present, patients do not feel Charcot joint developing. Charcot foot is a condition where the bones in your foot become weakened and are in danger of breaking or becoming deformed. As this disorder progresses, the joints can collapse, bones can break, and severe cases can require surgery or even amputation. Read More..

Deep Space Infections

Patients with diabetic neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy are susceptible to the development of deep space infections in the foot. Deep space infections have a high morbidity and may lead to amputation if not identified early. There are several compartments in the foot surrounded by various layers of muscle and connective tissue. The compartments in the foot communicate with compartments of the leg through tunnel-like spaces around the tendons that travel through both the leg and the foot. This allows for easy spread of the infection from the foot to the leg. Since you may not feel the pain or onset of a deep space infection, keeping up with podiatry appointments is critical so that your doctor can identify and monitor your legs for the possibility of infections. If an infection is found, emergency surgery is required immediately. An incision will be made to drain the fluid and intravenous antibiotics will be administered to fight the infection. This type of infection can also easily cause blood poisoning (sepsis). Read more...

Nerve Problems (Neuropathy)

The high sugar levels in diabetic patients can lead to nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy. Combined with poor circulation, the nerve damage often affects the extremities, including the hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include numbness, which means that you may not feel any foot pain when a cut or sore develops until it is too late and already developed into a serious ulcer. For this reason, it is very important that diabetics check their feet daily and keep up regular visits with their podiatrist for diabetic foot care and prevention. Read more...

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease is another condition that can develop in patients with diabetes. Since diabetes causes a lack of blood flow, it causes peripheral vascular disease, which is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries in the hands and feet. Diabetes is not the only cause: other risk factors include heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, kidney disease, and genetics. Read more...

Ulcers

Diabetes can cause even the most minor of cuts or sores to worsen and develop into a diabetic foot ulcer. Diabetics do not heal at the same rate because of a compromised immune system and a reduction in the blood flow to the extremities. Sores can turn into ulcers and get infected and steps must be taken to prevent amputation. Proper shoes must be worn so that they do not rub your feet and you must examine your feet on a daily basis to make sure that no sores or cuts have occurred. This must be done even if you did not feel any foot pain because neuropathy can prevent you from feeling it. If you do find any cuts or sores on your feet, contact your doctor immediately and begin wound care protocols. Read more...

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