Visit the diabetic specialists at Black Warrior Foot & Wound Center in Tuscaloosa, AL today!

Currently, there are 18.2 million people in the United States with diabetes, 60-70% of whom have a mild-to-severe form of diabetic nerve damage (which often includes impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands.) Severe forms of diabetic nerve damage can lead to lower extremity amputations. During their lifetime, 20% of people with diabetes will experience a foot ulcer which may lead to amputation. Diabetes is the leading cause of lower extremity amputations in the United States.

Therefore, proper foot care is vital for people diagnosed with diabetes, including an annual foot evaluation.

Diabetic patients are prone to a number of serious foot-related conditions including:

  • Poor circulation from Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Neuropathy (loss of feeling in the feet)
  • Changes in the foot shape
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Recurrent ingrown toenails
  • Foot deformities (bunions and hammertoes)

These conditions put diabetics at a much greater risk of serious problems which, if not treated, can even lead to amputation. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetic foot problems can prevent further complications. Our foot care program includes:
  • Routine nail care and foot evaluations
  • Trimming of callouses and corns
  • Patient education for self-help and preventative care
  • Wound care
  • Surgical care when needed