This is a patient of mine who have had toes amputated from infected foot ulcers before, so unfortunately he already knew that he has a bad infection in his foot. The knuckle underneath the third toe is exposed and there is pus deep within his foot, making his third toe very swollen. It is possible … Continue reading Deep foot infections do not always end in foot amputation
What is special about diabetic shoes?Diabetic shoes are different from regular shoes because they have extra depth to accommodate a thicker insert, seamless interior because seams can rub onto the skin, and bigger toe box to accommodate for hammertoes which people with neuropathy can get. The most important thing is the extra depth, because it … Continue reading How To Get Diabetic Shoes
We know shear forces (friction) causes blisters, which leads to foot ulcers in people with diabetes and neuropathy. There are a couple shoe lacing techniques I’d like to share with you to help reduce the friction in your shoes. If you have a high arch foot type, the top of your foot may rub against the … Continue reading Shoe Lacing Techniques to Reduce Friction Blisters
What we are about to discuss is pretty rare, even for people with diabetes, but something I think you should still be aware of because it can end up in leg amputation. There is a condition that can happen to people that are active, do not experience foot pain due to neuropathy, and has foot … Continue reading What is Charcot Foot?
Diabetic foot ulcers are treated by removing the ground, or removing the bone. It sounds like an amputation but it's not. Usually, foot ulcers are located on areas of the foot where there is a joint or prominence. It can be hard to tell where the joint is on the bottom of the foot because the … Continue reading Surgical Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
We get diabetic foot ulcers from pressure and shear forces. It will heal if we remove the pressure and shear forces. This is called offloading. Since foot ulcers are created by basically being squished between the ground/shoe and the bone, we can offload ulcers by removing the ground or removing the bone. Removing the ground means … Continue reading Offloading Diabetic Foot Ulcers
When a toe contracts, it usually straightens back out. Over time, either due to arthritis, diabetes, or overuse, it can stay in a clawed or hammered position causing problems. For people without nerve damage (neuropathy), it can be painful. For people with neuropathy, it can cause ulcers. There are a few other types of toe … Continue reading Why Do Diabetic Feet Develop Hammertoes?