Amputation Prevention Specialists

Bay Area Foot Care -  - Podiatry

Bay Area Foot Care

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in San Francisco, San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek & San Leandro, CA

Left untreated, chronic conditions such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease increase your risk of infection and, ultimately, amputation. The expert podiatrists at Bay Area Foot Care specializes in limb preservation using a multi-disciplinary approach. If you regularly experience ulcers or slow-healing wounds, don’t hesitate to seek professional help for amputation prevention. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to make your appointment today.

Amputation Prevention Q & A

What is an Amputation Prevention Center?

Diabetes doesn’t just impact your body’s ability to produce insulin. Over time, this chronic condition also affects your circulation and immune system, negatively impacting your body’s ability to heal. Fortunately, conservative, integrated methods of care can prevent up to 85% of diabetes-related amputations.

Utilizing the UCSF Center for Limb Preservation, Bay Area Foot Care uses a multi-disciplinary approach to amputation prevention, coordinating care between vascular surgeons, podiatrists, reconstructive microsurgeons, and other specialists to assist people who are at risk of leg and foot amputation. 

Who can Benefit from Amputation Prevention?

Anyone with diabetic ulcers or slow-healing wounds can benefit from amputation prevention. This includes people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), ischemia associated with diabetic small vessel disease, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 

Bay Area Foot Care specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of non-healing wounds affecting the feet, legs, and ankles, and develops custom treatment plans that prevent further damage and improve their patients’ overall quality of life to avoid complications and amputation.

When Should I Schedule an Appointment with an Amputation Prevention Specialist?

If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, any slow-healing wound is cause for concern. However, it’s particularly important to schedule an appointment at Bay Area Foot Care for amputation prevention if your foot or leg ulcer is:

  • Red or swollen
  • Surrounded by black, dead skin
  • Painful or irritated

 

You should also make an appointment with Bay Area Foot Care if you’ve had an amputation in the past, or you’ve been told that you might need an amputation in the future. 

Why Would I Need an Amputation?

Your feet undergo significant wear-and-tear on a daily basis. It’s common to stub your toe, get a cut, or step on a foreign object. However, if you have diabetes, these issues can turn into more serious problems. In fact, diabetes increases your risk of many serious foot-related health problems, including:

  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Poor circulation
  • Gangrene
  • Infections
  • Charcot foot

 

In addition, it’s estimated that 25% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime. The longer a wound remains untreated, the more likely it is to become infected and cause more serious problems. By regularly examining your feet and always wearing shoes and socks, you can significantly lower your risk of future issues. 

If you’re living with diabetes and you’re concerned that you’ve developed an infection, don’t wait to seek professional help. Make an appointment for amputation prevention at Bay Area Foot Care by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.