During this past month, I have been disheartened to see a lot of new patients come to my office for the first time with a long standing ulceration, or wound on the foot. Primarily, this is due to neuropathy, which is a broad term used to describe how nerves become diseased and no longer work properly.
In diabetes, high amounts of sugar in the blood stream cause a toxic environment and the long nerves from brain to toe get the most damage and “lose feeling.” Once feeling is lost, the ability to tell the body that it is hurt is gone. Pressure with each step or a tiny cut goes unnoticed and the foot continues to smash a tiny sore into a large, painless wound. Sadly, many of my diabetic patients, especially smokers, have terrible blood flow, which complicates healing of these types of wounds.
Thankfully, this last month I have had many very successful, almost miraculous, outcomes which have not resulted in amputations of toe or foot. Many patients have thanked me and I wish to sincerely thank them. I love patients and though treating wounds can be challenging, the excellent and happy outcomes make it worth the effort.
Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!
Justin Ward, DPM