Our West Haven, CT Podiatrist specializes in Diabetic Foot Care, Wound Care & Charcot Foot Treatment
DIABETIC FOOT CARE
Diabetes sufferers can experience foot pain for a number of different reasons, each of which requires a separate approach. Neuropathy in diabetic patients is common, causing pain. We offer advanced wound care and external fixation, doing everything we can to prevent and treat any issues which may arise
Diabetes is a disease that affects multiple areas of the body – including the feet. Foot care should be an important part of every diabetic’s plan for preventing complications of high blood sugar. Approximately 70 percent of people with diabetes develop circulatory problems and peripheral nerve damage. Together, these conditions can lead to wounds that do not heal, resulting in infection and in some cases, the need for amputation. In fact, diabetic nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) is a leading cause of foot and leg amputation in the United States.
Neuropathy Solutions Program of West Haven Foot and Ankle Center Treatment Program Candidate?
- external fixation
- advanced wound care
- skin grafting
- soft tissue expansion
- placental based grafts
- Topical Medications
- Surgical Debridement
DID YOU KNOW... There are approximately 185,000 limb amputations performed in the U.S. every year? Many people live with limb loss every day – approximately 1 in 200 adults. Of those, the leading cause of amputation is vascular disease, which includes peripheral artery disease and diabetes.
Contact our Podiatry Team for a comprehensive evaluation.
LIMB SALVAGE & PRESERVATION
At West Haven Foot & Ankle Center limb preservation is of utmost importance when it comes to the care of our patients. Some of our patients – particularly those with diabetes – may be at risk for foot or leg amputation. Before amputating a foot or lower leg, we take every measure possible to salvage the limb and preserve its healthy. Our goal is to use advanced treatments and state of the art surgical techniques to provide premium care for the conditions most often responsible for amputation. Limb salvage and preservation techniques can have a significant influence on a patient’s long-term quality of life? People who cannot walk because of an amputation may be more likely to suffer from depression, not to mention require long-term care or assisted living. Limb preservation may also help prevent hospital re admissions as a result of amputation-related complications.
How can I reduce my risk of needing an amputation?
The conditions that most commonly raise the risk of amputation are often show no symptoms or otherwise minimally perceptible to patients who may have lost sensation in their feet and legs. That is why everyone with a predisposition to potential foot health complications should have regular Podiatric check-ups and seek medical attention right away at the first sign of an abnormality. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sean Lazarus at West Haven Foot & Ankle Center for a comprehensive evalution.
CHARCOT FOOT CARE
Charcot foot, a progressive condition in those who are overweight and obese, is a condition in which the bones and joints of the foot are weakened. As the foot becomes increasingly misshapen, charcot foot can lead to severe disability, and in some cases, amputation.
Those with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. When charcot foot is caught early the outcome of treatment is much more successful than those who have severe charcot foot.
DID YOU KNOW... Charcot foot can be mistaken as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and deep vein thrombosis. Those diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy are more prone to getting charcot foot, causing loss of feeling in the feet.
What are the symptoms of charcot foot?
- The symptoms of charcot foot is a swollen or red foot that’s warm to the touch, accompanied by pain or soreness. Those with neuropathy may not experience pain or soreness. Deformity, weakened feet, and fallen arches are common as well.
What is charcot reconstruction?
- During charcot reconstruction the bones are secured in external framework to keep the foot in place. Your foot will stay in the framework for a few months until fully healed. Once healed, walking independence and mobility is regained and highly common amongst charcot reconstruction patients.
What is the advantage of charcot reconstruction vs other methods?
- Charcot reconstruction is a minimally invasive, low risk, high success surgical procedure. Benefits of the external fixation procedure include shorter surgery time and smaller incisions than internal fixation procedures. Furthermore, Dr. Lazarus can easily monitor the healing process.