Diabetic Foot Treatments By Lexington Podiatry
Diabetics may develop serious foot problems more quickly and have more complications as a result than people without the disease.
For example, a small irritation like an open blister in a healthy person could become a severe issue to a diabetic.
The key for a diabetic is to view all foot problems as potentially dangerous and to prevent them by seeking podiatric care as soon as they occur. Diabetic amputation is a very real threat for those that delay treatment.
Most Common Diabetic Foot Complications
Linda’s Partial Amputation
Linda had noticed that her floor was bloody after she got home from a long shift at work. She looked down at her toe and it was huge, red, and peeling! Highly concerned, she drove herself to the emergency room.
The ER doctor found gas in her foot (which is a surgical emergency), so they called me down. One of the hardest surgical discussions I can have, is with a patient I have never met to discuss amputation and infection. Our interest is in preserving limbs, but our primary goal of saving lives.
Linda ended up with partial amputation of her big toe, was in the hospital for 10 days and on IV antibiotics for 6 weeks. At her follow up she asked, “How could this have happened?”
She had no history of ulcers or infections and didn’t remember stepping on anything. Upon further inspection, her work shoes had a tack in the bottom I discovered when I reached all the way in. She admitted to never checking her shoes or feet and had never even had a diabetic foot exam before. Catching neuropathy quickly during a diabetic foot exam can prevent these stories! Linda couldn’t feel the pain and didn’t realize that she had an open wound in her shoe.
Additional Diabetic Services
We also provide in-house testing so you can avoid long hospital waits to be scheduled and lengthy waits for results and reports.
- Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity Testing (Neuropathy)
- Vascular Testing (Poor Circulation)
- Diabetic Shoes
If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment
Accepted Insurance Providers
There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.