Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics from 2015, 30.3 million Americans suffered from diabetes. Another 84.1 million were considered prediabetic. That was over 35% of the population, and the number is likely rising from year to year.
Even more alarming than the number of people suffering from this potentially fatal disease is that around 86,000 diabetes-related amputations are performed each year. But you can beat these statistics with assistance from the right medical professional. A reconstructive surgeon who specializes in diabetic foot care can help you address potential issues before an amputation is required.
Dr. Ryan Pereira helps patients live their best life after being diagnosed with diabetes. Foot ulcers, neuropathy, and circulation issues can all lead to severe complications, but Dr. Pereira uses his experience with treating diabetic patients to help them get ahead of symptoms before they become a much bigger problem.
Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Foot ulcers are one of the most serious complications of diabetes. In fact, a quarter of diabetic patients who develop foot ulcers will eventually need an amputation. And statistics reveal that a first amputation is likely to be followed by additional amputations down the line.
Even patients who do the work of keeping their blood sugar in check can still develop foot ulcers. Proper treatment is vital to helping them heal and preventing infection. Dr. Pereira and his team are experts in wound care. They can examine developing ulcers and coach you in proper care and warning signs to watch for.
Neuropathy and Loss of Feeling in Feet
Diabetic patients often experience nerve damage in their legs and feet. This can result in pain, tingling, or numbness. In some cases, pain can become debilitating. It’s important to address neuropathy or any numbness or tingling in the legs and feet immediately.
Dr. Pereira uses peripheral nerve microsurgery to treat some cases of diabetic neuropathy. Advanced microsurgical techniques allow many patients to regain use of their legs and feet without constant pain. In fact, Dr. Pereira has achieved an 80% success rate with patients across all types of conditions using nerve microsurgery.
Circulation Problems from Diabetes
Development of foot ulcers and neuropathy can be rooted in circulation issues related to diabetes. Poor circulation reduces sensitivity to acute pain in the feet, causing minor injuries to go unnoticed. Open wounds also heal slowly when circulation is impaired, often leading to the development of ulcers and/or infection.
Signs of poor circulation include numbness, a pins and needles feeling in feet, soreness, or no feeling of pain from cuts and scratches. If you have been diagnosed as prediabetic or know that you have diabetes, any one of these signs should raise a red flag.
Dr. Pereira’s preventative approach to diabetic foot complications includes helping patients at the first sign of trouble. If you’ve been recently diagnosed as diabetic or prediabetic, the team at Anastasia Medical Group can help you take steps to preserve good circulation in the legs and hopefully avoid further complications, like developing foot ulcers or neuropathy.
It’s Never Too Early to Ask Dr. Pereira
Getting ahead of complications from diabetes is vital to continuing to live the life you love after a diabetes diagnosis. Schedule an appointment at Anastasia Medical Group to speak with the experienced staff about treating circulation and neuropathy issues and preventing amputation.