If you have diabetes, caring for your feet is critical to managing your disease and staying healthy. If diabetes causes you to lose lose sensation in your feet, you may not realize when you experience a foot injury. Walking around on an injured foot can cause your bones to become very brittle, break, fracture, and contribute to foot deformities. These problems occur in conditions that affect diabetics such as:
- Charcot foot
- Midfoot collapse
- Diabetic fractures
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Foot and Ankle Center, our diabetic limb specialists offer the most advanced treatment options for people who suffer from these diabetes-related foot problems. We have expertise in Charcot foot reconstruction, as well as external fixation, a technique that uses advanced computer technology to assist surgeons during the reconstruction procedure.
Diabetic Limb Salvage –MedStar Georgetown’s Multidisciplinary Approach
The Foot and Ankle Center at MedStar Georgetown offers the experienced orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, as well as the comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach you need to recover from a severe diabetic limb condition. Our orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons have advanced, fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery and perform 1,500 procedures every year.
We work together with the specialists you need, including wound care specialists, vascular and plastic surgeons, and your endocrinologist to create a treatment plan that will manage your condition most effectively.
Our staff will also work with you to coordinate all other special services you might need throughout your treatment and recovery. These services include:
- The Wound Care Center
- Pedorthic and shoe consultants, if you need special orthotics or shoes
- Durable medical goods, including braces, crutches, and other equipment you may need during recovery
- Physical therapy
We help you save time and hassle by offering you a complete array of treatment services all in one location.
Diabetic Limb Salvage Recovery
Recovery from diabetic limb salvage surgeries may take some time. You will need to stay off your feet immediately after surgery. Then, you will likely need to wear special braces and shoes to cushion your feet as they continue to heal. We may also recommend physical therapy to help you regain strength in your feet. Your orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon will discuss the specific details of your recovery with you before your procedure.
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Foot and Ankle Specialists
- Learn more about diabetic limb risks from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.