Phillip the Duck was pretty unlucky when his feet got frostbitten and he wasn't able to function very well. Fortunately, Phillip became a lucky duck when his owner turned to a middle school teacher who happened to have a 3D printer. Phillip received his new feet and now he's doing just fine.
Although we have entered an age where prosthetics for feet and legs are becoming more common, no one would want to lose a foot or foot function if they could avoid it.
As a Seattle foot doctor I work with diabetic patients to encourage them to check their feet on a daily basis to avoid developing foot ulcers which can lead to amputation. In diabetes, foot ulcers form due to reduced blood flow to the feet and nerve damage due to peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage results in reduced sensation in the feet and the inability to sense minor cuts and blisters that can easily turn into ulcers.
Our focus at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City is to help our diabetic patients early in the process by helping them prevent ulcers from forming. If ulcers do form we work with our patients to heal the ulcers to prevent limb loss.
If you have diabetes in addition to checking your feet on a daily basis for cuts, sores, or bruises, I recommend the following:
Wear thick sock without seams
Obtain shoes that fit properly; specific diabetic shoes are the best
Avoid going barefoot, period
Exercise daily to improve your circulation
Come in for an annual Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.