When a problem within the peripheral nerves exists, it is known as neuropathy. People experience neuropathy as a result of various underlying physical and medical conditions, but it can also be “idiopathic,” which means no cause can be diagnosed. One of the effects of Diabetes is the development of autonomic and peripheral neuropathy resulting in a loss of sensation and making the patient susceptible to ulcers and infections.
At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know that taking good care of your feet is a year-round endeavor. The winter months in the Northern climates can present some additional challenges, especially for our senior patients. Shoes must be worn more often due to inclement weather. Proper shoe fitting is essential to prevent rubbing and blister development which in the case of someone who has neuropathy can produce serious complications.
With Memorial Day weekend being the unofficial start to the summer season, many people will start to spend more time at outdoor venues (such as the pool, the beach, and long walks. Concerns abound with increased activity and the potential of stepping on a foreign object like glass or splinters. If neuropathy is present the injury will not be felt until a serious infection has set in. Protecting your feet at all times and in all weather is important to your safety.
Ulcers are breaks in the skin consisting of various depths. The deeper the erosion the more complicated and involved it becomes with longer healing time necessary. Poor circulation, absence of sensation and neuropathy make the healing of any ulcer more difficult. Diabetics in particular should evaluate their feet daily to look for discoloration and sore spots to prevent a more serious ulcer from forming
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 25 million people in the United States, or roughly 8% of the population, have diagnoses Diabetes. However, there are many more who are undiagnosed or have borderline conditions. Diabetes can have a huge impact on the health of your feet and ankles by effecting the circulation, feeling, balance, healing time pain levels. Should you have this condition, the Doctors at Weil Foot and Ankle Institute work closely with your primary care Doctor to make certain that you are in control of Diabetes.
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We tried radio shockwave therapy and I was able to compete in the 2015 World Championships and helped the team win a bronze medal.
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He always has the best interest for me and always treated me with a smile. Always asking me questions, if I had any questions. He always wanted to know more in a personal level about his patients. He's very caring.
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Dr. Amarantos treated me for foot calluses and I feel wonderful. I can walk like a young woman again. Thank you doctor!
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I was able to get into regular shoes within a week. There's been no pain.
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The join replacement in my big toe that he did took away all of the the pain that I had. I had bone on bone. When the joint was replaced, the toe was working perfectly and I was pain free.