Diabetic Foot Care Specialist
with Offices in Bridgeport, WV and Weston, WV
People who have been diagnosed with an elevated blood sugar level or Diabetes are at risk for many foot complications. Daily self foot assessments and frequent podiatric care is necessary to reduce diabetic complications. Minor foot changes should not be ignored. A minor injury that you might think as insignificant can lead to severe problems. Prolonged high levels of sugar in the blood can damage nerves. If nerves are damaged muscles may contract and lose flexibility causing deformities of the foot. Deformity adds pressure areas that are prone to skin breakdown. Dr. Anderson is experienced in diagnosing and treating diabetic foot complications. We are also a participant in the nationally known Diabetic Shoe Program. The Diabetic Shoe Program allows qualified patients to get proper footwear and orthotic inserts to prevent further complications. Contact us today and request an appointment to see if you qualify for proper footwear or our custom orthotic services.
Diabetic Foot Care Treatment Options and Specialized Care in North Central, WV
Ulcerations are breaks in the skin. Open sores or pressure sores of the skin pose an increased risk for infection. Open wound areas need to be assessed by a professional and treated early to prevent further complications. Special wound care treatments may be needed to aid the wound in healing. Custom orthotic devices may be needed to aid in decreasing pressure and realigning your foot. Custom orthotic devices are specifically fitted for your foot to aid in decreasing strain, stress, and pain. Our professional staff provides exceptional wound care and customized orthotic services. Contact us and request an appointment with our professional wound care and orthotic specialists to get back on your feet.
Neuropathy is a term used to describe nerve dysfunction. Nerves can become damaged and lose the ability to function. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling in the hands or feet. This is a particular concern because loss of sensation increases the risk for injury. Temperature sensation is decreased so extreme hot or cold conditions may not be felt. Stones or sharp objects may protrude through a shoe and go undetected causing damage. If you are having numbness or loss of feeling in your feet we have the diagnostic tools and expertise to identify neuropathy. Contact us and request an appointment with our experienced staff.
Skin Care for a person with Diabetes is extremely important. One of the first signs of elevations in blood sugar levels may be dry skin. The skin may become dry and itchy. The skin of the feet may peel, crack, or become scaly. Open areas of the skin increase your risk of infection. Keep your feet clean and dry. Do not soak your feet. Keep your feet moisturized, but do not apply moisturizer between your toes. Dr. Anderson may recommend specific treatment options for your skin care needs or prescribe specific medications for your skin. Contact us now and request an appointment to discuss your skin care needs.
Poor Circulation or a decrease in blood flow is seen in a variety of medical diseases. Decreased blood flow slows the delivery of needed nutrients and oxygen to body tissues. Reduced blood flow to the foot increases the time needed for healing. If ulcers and infections occur aggressive treatment plans are necessary to aid in the healing process, and prevent further complications. Early treatment may reduce the need for amputation. Proper foot care and regular podiatric assessments combined with specialized services may prevent the need for surgical amputation. Dr. Anderson is trusted and experienced to help with all your surgical and podiatric needs. Contact us today and request an appointment to see how our specialized services may be a benefit to you.