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Dr. Scott Bolhack
658 Doctors shared insights

Diabetic Foot (Overview)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good foot care a priority.


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Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
658 Doctors shared insights

Diabetic Foot (Overview)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good foot care a priority.


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I'm diabetic type 2, 38 yo male. No meds - on diet/workout. Regular bg levels are ok. Latest hba1c1 is 5.7 can diabetic foot develop? What symptoms?

I'm diabetic type 2, 38 yo male. No meds - on diet/workout. Regular bg levels are ok. Latest hba1c1 is 5.7 can diabetic foot develop? What symptoms?

See a Podiatrist.: Diabetics are more likely to develop foot problems the longer they are diabetic and if their sugar is not well controlled. Foot problems related to diabetes are usually caused by nerve damage (Neuropathy) and bad circulation or a decrease in blood flow to the feet/toes. See a local Podiatrist for a complete base line check up and instructions on proper preventative diabetic foot care. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
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Diabetic foot (Tip)

Haiku: foot health foot health very important, see your podiatrist yearly if you have diabetes. ...See more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between your toes after your shower or bath
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Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
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Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist if symptoms persist or do not improve
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Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Unfortunately yes: If you have a diabetic ulcer your risk of more goes up it indicates multiple problems that will need to be addressed to decrease the risk of more as well as protecting your circulation eyes and kidneys. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot (Tip)

Wash feet every day do not cut toenails too short use good arch support. ...See more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
Daily
Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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What causes diabetic foot infections?

Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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What causes diabetic foot infections?

Multi-factorial: Diabetics often develop nerve damage, which can decrease sensation especially over the lower extremities. Ulcers can then develop on the feet, usually on pressure points from standing or a tight-fitting shoe. Diabetics may also have poor circulation, which can lead to breakdown of tissue and impaired healing of the ulcer, and high blood sugar allows bacteria to grow and cause infection. ...Read more

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Can derma wound cream help treat diabetic foot ulcers?

Can derma wound cream help treat diabetic foot ulcers?

See a physician: Diabetic wounds should always be followed by a medical professional who will ensure that you do not have an infection of the soft tissue or worse, the bone (s) beneath the wound. Left untreated, a diabetic wound can rapidly become a more serious problem. Schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist with training and interest in wound management. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Ringler Dr. Ringler
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Diabetic foot (Tip)

Dry well between toes / Check daily for new lesions / Buy shoes that won't hurt. ...See more

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What kind of doctor treats diabetic foot infections and ulcers?

What kind of doctor treats diabetic foot infections and ulcers?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper infection control and wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound infection resolved and closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing using evidenced based medicine. ...Read more

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How is a diabetic foot infection treated?

How is a diabetic foot infection treated?

Depends on severity: It really depends on the severity. Infectious disease society newest guidelines break down infections into mild, moderate and severe with mild infections treated with oral antibiotics and or topical, but moderate to severe may require hospitalization and IV antibiotics. It's also based on culture results and the type of bacteria that is growing in the wound w/ resistant bacteria on the rise. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin Dr. Balin
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Diabetic foot (Tip)

Alternate shoes on a daily basis. For women, wear a variety of heel heights. High heels can strain. ...See more

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Are there any side effects for not treating a diabetic foot puncture?

Are there any side effects for not treating a diabetic foot puncture?

Infection.: Diabetics don't heal nearly as well as non-diabetics, so even a very straight-forward puncture wound can become infected and cause major problems. See your podiatrist for wound care. ...Read more

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What treatment can I give to a diabetic foot wound until I see a docotor in the morning?

What treatment can I give to a diabetic foot wound until I see a docotor in the morning?

Clean and cover.: You can lean it with warm water and soap. Dry it well. Then, keep it covered with a bandage until you see your doctor in the morning. If you notice any signs of infection get it seen immediately, you may need to go to the er. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for diabetic foot infections?

What are alternative treatments for diabetic foot infections?

Diabetic Foot Treat: Do not try to treat a diabetic foot infection with home remedies without at least having a professional observing as the consequences of an unsuccessful treatment can mean hospitalization, amputation or overwhelming sepsis and death. There are over 4000+ wound care products that are available so even among professionals, opinions vary. Attention to underlying causes of the ulceration are paramount. ...Read more

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Are there any sprays or creams I can use to cure a diabetic foot ulcer?

Are there any sprays or creams I can use to cure a diabetic foot ulcer?

No: There is no spray or cream that will cure an ulcer. The cause of ulcer must be determined, whether it is circulatory, excessive pressure, infection etc. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent diabetic foot disorders?

What are ways to prevent diabetic foot disorders?

Multifactorial: Inspect feet and shoes daily. Check feet every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. Exercise and walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear properly measured and fitted shoes. Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself. Control you blood sugar. Have regular checkups by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence and risk factors for diabetic foot ulceration?

What is the prevalence and risk factors for diabetic foot ulceration?

Multiple factors: Diabetics have a lifetime risk of 15-20% of developing a foot ulcer and of those 15-20% will go on to amputations. Those % are going to increase to 25% in the next few years. Multiple risk factors lead to ulcers and amputation, and high blood sugars is one of them. High blood sugars leads to neuropathy, poor circulation and foot deformities among other things. Trauma is another risk factor. ...Read more

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What does a diabetic foot look like?

What does a diabetic foot look like?

Normal or abnormal: A diabetic foot may loot completely normal, or it may have skin color changes due to poor circulation. Diabetics also may commonly have an increased risk of developing digital contractures. The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. ...Read more

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How can I take care of diabetic foot?

See a Podiatrist: See a Podiatrist every 3-6 months, he/she will advise you with the rest. ...Read more

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Which is the best bandage for a diabetic foot?

Diabetic foot: This question is not specific enough. Do you mean what is the best bandage for a diabetic foot ulceration? ...Read more

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Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing. ...Read more

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What should I do when a diabetic foot is in pain?

What should I do when a diabetic foot is in pain?

See a doctor!: Could be due to diabetic neuropathy, or numbness in the feet due to diabetes which often starts out painful. If your feet are already numb and you are having breakthrough pain it could be something more serious and should be seen by a podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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What happens when you have a diabetic foot wound?

What happens when you have a diabetic foot wound?

Hopefully, not much: Diabetic foot wounds if not healed can lead to life-threatening infections. This can lead to amputation or death as worse case scenarios.

Good control of blood sugars, adequate nutrition, good wound care and compliance with doctor's instructions can reduce one's risk of serious complication. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens in a diabetic foot exam?

Please help! What happens in a diabetic foot exam?

Foot Examination: The feet are carefully inspected for any signs of current or potential problems. During a foot exam four general categories or areas are evaluated by the examiner (neurologic, orthopedic, dermatologic, and vascular). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens in a diabetic foot exam?

Could you tell me what happens in a diabetic foot exam?

Miracles: Well, maybe not visible ones. The doctor will examine your skin for any cuts, nail problems or growths, evaluate your circulation, test your sensation and muscle strength. He or she will also educate you on proper foot care, the importance of daily foot inspections and well fitting shoes. If you are diabetic and have not been to a podiatrist you should go as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diabetic foot?

Higher risk foot.: A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good foot care a priority. ...Read more