Helping Patients Deal With Diabetic Neuropathy in Lumberton, Laurinburg and Fayetteville Areas
Our podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle Institute are dedicated to helping you with the daily challenges of diabetic foot care. High blood sugar can lead to nerve damage in the tissues, which are invaded by elevated blood glucose levels. When you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, the feet are usually the first body parts to become affected. Low levels of insulin in the body make it difficult for those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes to feel the effects of damaged nerve tissue.
Skin Ulcerations, Charcot Foot and Skin Disease
Skin ulcerations are a common problem associated with peripheral neuropathy. The nerve tissue is permanently damaged from raised blood sugar, no matter how well you manage diabetes with diet, insulin shots or weight control. These dulled nerves lead to the development of corns, calluses and other issues from the friction of the foot and the shoe, and can ultimately cause lesions, skin disease and complications such as melanoma or dermopathy. A small percentage of those with raised blood glucose develop diabetic Charcot foot, a type of arthritis that eventually fragments and fractures the bone. The best procedure to safely address this condition and avoid limb salvage is a specialized surgery, similar to bunion surgery, which Dr. Ricotta and Dr. Matthews are highly skilled in.
We Also Have a Shoe Department
Fortunately, many patients with diabetes find relief in wearing specially designed shoes that provide extra cushioning and protection for feet with nerve damage. All of our staff are trained in expertly selecting the right fit from the Dr. Comfort diabetic shoes in our footwear department.
Get the Help You Need Today in the Lumberton, Laurinburg and Fayetteville Areas
From addressing peripheral neuropathy to moderate insulin resistance, our skilled podiatrists in Lumberton, Hope Mills and Laurinburg are just a phone call away at 910-737-6600. We’ll help you manage your nerve damage effectively and safely. Contact our knowledgeable and friendly staff to get started on a treatment plan today.