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West Vancouver Foot Clinic offers proper medical treatment for people with diabetes-related foot disorders. Diabetic feet can cause issues that can become problematic to your overall health. It is essential that preventative measures are taken at the right time to prevent any serious health condition in the future. Dr. Shenin Mohamed is dedicated to helping you control and manage foot complications related to diabetes. She provides complete information on foot inspection and diabetic care, proper footwear, and early recognition, in addition to the treatment of foot conditions.
To book a consultation with Dr. Mohamed for diabetic care in West Vancouver, contact us today.
One of the most common chronic diseases in our society is diabetes mellitus. The prevalence of this disease is now reaching near epidemic proportions, with its incidence expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. In North America, there are over 500,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed each year. Studies also indicate that the number of people who unknowingly have diabetes is very high.
A large percentage of people with diabetes will develop problems with their feet. Statistics show that diabetes is the most common cause of lower-limb amputations. Every hour 3 people with diabetes must have a foot, ankle or leg amputated. Statistics demonstrate that it is possible to decrease complications and the rate of lower limb amputation by up to 70% with proper foot care.
Most of these problems are preventable through proper care and regular visits to the podiatrist. At the West Vancouver Foot Clinic, Dr. Mohamed can provide information on foot inspection and care, proper footwear, and early recognition, in addition to the treatment of foot conditions.
Diabetic foot ulcers are severe conditions that require immediate and proper treatment, as infected ulcers are the leading cause of lower-limb amputations. Diabetic foot ulcers are most commonly caused by a condition known as neuropathy.
Vascular disease affects those with diabetes. West Vancouver Foot Clinic provides the care and attention needed to prevent complications.
Diabetic patients can experience autonomic, motor and sensory neuropathy.
Autonomic neuropathy interferes with many aspects of the human body's functioning. Autonomic neuropathy in the feet interferes with sweat gland function. This disposes patients to cracked or dry feet, leading to skin breakdown and fissures, which can become tracks for infection.
Motor neuropathy affects the muscles and may lead to atrophy, which occurs when the muscles and tissues of the foot become small and lose their strength. This often leads to hammertoe formation, which leads to the formation of pressure areas on foot.
Sensory neuropathy results in the reduction of sensation in the feet. This may lead to abnormal amounts of pressure on certain areas of the foot, leading to callus formation when the patient walks, which in turn leads to the development of ulcers as the sensory perception under the foot and at the level of the toes gets worse.
Foot deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, and metatarsal disorders have special significance in the diabetic population. Sensory neuropathy places the foot at increased risk for developing corns, calluses, blisters and ulcerations. If these are left untreated, serious infections may result.
Neuropathy affects those with diabetes.
Protective insoles and shoes and routine examination will prevent complications and wounds.
Another problem that people with diabetes often experience is vascular disease. With this condition, the skin of the feet can become thin, with a corresponding loss of hair growth on the feet. Additionally, the feet will often become cold or feel cold to the touch. Because of the vascular compromise, an individual’s foot may become more susceptible to breakdown or ulceration.
Duplex ultrasound uses sound waves that are higher than human hearing can detect. The podiatrist may use duplex ultrasound to determine the speed of blood flow and determine if there is any evidence of pedal vessel wall narrowing or insufficiency.
All newly diagnosed diabetic patients should make an appointment for a screening examination. This examination should be performed yearly. You will be evaluated for signs of neuropathy, vascular compromise, and a biochemical evaluation will be performed. Dermatological conditions, as well as corns, calluses and nail trimming, should be dealt with proactively every six weeks to avoid potential problems.
The goal of The West Vancouver Foot Clinic is to educate the public on proper diabetic foot care, including the severe consequences of diabetes. With this knowledge, people can take proactive measures to manage their disease and their feet better. Our goal is to save limbs!
Proper protective orthopedic footwear and diabetic insoles are excellent ways to prevent problems and are available at the West Vancouver Foot Clinic.