People with diabetes are at high risk for developing problems with their feet. More than half of diabetics lose sensation in their feet due to nerve or blood vessel damage, and can hurt themselves without knowing it. To make things worse, diabetes slows healing and weakens the immune system, so what may seem like an inconsequential injury can quickly become a major problem. Even the smallest of foot and ankle injuries such as a blister or ingrown toenail can lead to infection and tissue death. One of the most serious complications of the diabetic foot is Charcot foot, a deformity that develops when people fracture bones in their feet without realizing it and then continue to walk on the injury because they don't feel any pain.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, be sure to inspect your feet every day and visit your doctor regularly to ensure that you and your feet remain healthy.
We refer to several local podiatrists and orthotists, and we also network with the Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital for complex surgical reconstructions and procedures.