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A World of Advice for The Diabetic Foot

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) offers resources regarding diabetic feet in 20 different languages, such as Spanish, Hindi, French, and more. Click on the button below to access valuable information on caring for diabetic feet, such as how to choose the best shoes, proper at-home care, and more.

Charcot Arthropathy

Charcot arthropathy is a disease that affects the bones and tissues in the feet, causing joint dislocations and fractures. It comes on gradually and can cause deformity and disability. To learn more about Charcot arthropathy (also called Charcot foot and ankle) and how doctors diagnose and treat it, click the button below.

Diabetic Foot Overview

Since people with diabetes are at risk for developing foot problems that can lead to more serious issues, establishing a foot care routine is one of the best things they can do to stay as healthy as possible. Click the button below to access a checklist that will guide you in inspecting your feet, choosing proper socks and shoes, and more.

Diabetic Foot Problems

If diabetes is not properly controlled, it can damage the nerves in the foot, leading to serious issues like foot ulcers, infections, and gangrene. Click the button below to find out important information on diabetic foot problems, including how often a person with diabetes should examine their own feet as well as how often they should see a doctor.

Foot Ulcers and the Total Contact Cast

People with diabetes are at risk for foot ulcers, which are open sores or wounds. They can eventually lead to more serious issues, like infection or deformity. One way to manage ulcers, help them heal, and reduce pain is to take weight off the foot by using a total contact cast. A total contact cast redistributes body weight across the entire sole of the foot. This allows a person to continue to walk and stay active while the ulcer heals. Learn more about how they are fitted, how often the cast must be changed, and more.

How to Care for Your Diabetic Feet

People with diabetes are at risk for foot problems. However, building regular healthy habits, practicing proper daily care, and carefully protecting the feet can go a long way towards avoiding more serious issues, like gangrene, infection, deformity, and amputation. Click the button below for a list of important care recommendations for people with diabetes.

Shoes and Orthotics for Diabetics

Since people with diabetes are at risk for foot problems that can lead to more serious issues, having the proper footwear is important. While some people in the early stages of the disease may be able to find their own footwear, others need shoes prescribed by a foot and ankle specialist. Click the button below to find out more about custom orthotics (shoe inserts) and other beneficial prescription footwear that a doctor can offer.

The Diabetic Foot and Risk: How to Prevent Losing Your Leg

People with diabetes are at risk for foot issues, including the possibility of losing a leg. The risk increases when a person has diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage that causes foot numbness, since problems can go unnoticed. Click the button below to learn how to reduce the risk by properly caring for diabetic feet and seeing a doctor as soon as possible if there is an issue.