Amputation has always been an awful possibility for anyone with diabetes. Proper diabetic foot care is crucial. Now, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland warns our diabetic patients the possibility of amputation has increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s been an increase in the number of lower limb amputations throughout the world. One reason is that COVID-19 can attack the vascular system in some patients. So, for people with diabetes – with a compromised vascular system – contracting COVID means an increased risk of blood clotting, gangrene, and amputation.
But the virus can still be a threat to people with diabetes who don’t contract it. Amputations are on the rise because patients have been putting off their regular appointments with the podiatrist. In addition, patients may be afraid to go to the doctor. They’re not getting to the doctor in time to treat limb-threatening infections.
Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, our expert podiatrists, strongly caution you not to make these mistakes. Diabetes reduces your body’s ability to heal from many kinds of skin problems. Infections and diseases can enter wherever the skin is compromised – your toes, soles, heels, and every other surface of your feet. Any common, seemingly harmless skin lesion can quickly progress to a dangerous infection.
Proper Diabetic Foot Care
If you have diabetes and have –
– don’t be casual in your approach to treating them. Patients who put off care for these difficult-to-heal foot issues may be unwittingly putting themselves at a greater risk for toe, foot, or lower leg amputation.
If you’ve got a problem with your foot, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Do the same if it’s been a year or more since your last diabetic foot check. People with diabetes with decreased feeling in their feet may not even realize they have a problem. Regular foot exams catch issues early and reduce your risk of amputation. We encourage residents of Geauga, Cuyahoga, Summit, and Portage Counties to contact us online or call our office in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041.