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Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Ischemia: Blockage of small arteries cutting off blood supply by the diabetic process (intracapillary inflammation) ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more


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Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Mother, 66, had gangrene/ partial foot amputation, is not diabetic, had 3 stents in her legs due to poor circulation & heavy smoker. Life expectancy?

Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has been reported as an expected life span after an amputation, but this is just an average. It could be more or less depending on many other lifestyle factors. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

S&S of foot gangrene: In the early stages, a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, air entrapped in the tissues causing a crunching sound with eventual malodorous drainage and red streaks running up the leg followed by fever, sepsis and eventually death may occur in untreated gangrene. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! will occur fournier gangrene in the foot?

Need doctor's help! will occur fournier gangrene in the foot?

Not usually the foot: Fournier gangrene is a type of necrotizing infection or gangrene usually affecting the perineum. ...Read more

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My mom has gangrene in her foot and has lost her apatite and is now refusing fluids, is this the infection taking hold?

My mom has gangrene in her foot and has lost her apatite and is now refusing fluids, is this the infection taking hold?

ProbAbly: I hope she is being treated, this certainly has the potential to make her extremely ill. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some good alternatives for diabetes-based foot gangrene if the weak ointment that the doctor gives isn't working?

I was wondering what are some good alternatives for diabetes-based foot gangrene if the weak ointment that the doctor gives isn't working?

Requires debridemt: Gangrene cannot be treated with ointment. It requires careful removal of dead tissues (debridement) to get to areas with circulation. Important to use leg elevation, compressive stockings, etc in order to reduce leg edema (swelling) which worsens circulation needed to heal. Some are using biocellular injection treatments along with surgery to improve blood supply and healing ability. Reduces recur. ...Read more

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Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

Mrs. Rose is a hospice patient in the nursing home. She has gangrene of her foot. What can she do to cure it?

It depends: Depending on her current health status, whether the gangrene is wet/dry, if there is neuropathy (which may spare the patient pain), and prognosis are to all be considered. Hospice care is palliative in nature, so if intervention for the gangrene is to be considered, a change in her hospice status is necessary. ...Read more

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I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

If there is no : Infection you can delay in definately as the gangrenous tissue will auto amputate, however, I would make sure I am evaluated by a vascular doctor. ...Read more

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I have lots of dry gangrene on right foot, lost 4 toes , but it doesn't go past the mid-foot. Why would they amputate to knee? Why not just that part?

I have lots of dry gangrene on right foot, lost 4 toes , but it doesn't go past the mid-foot. Why would they amputate to knee? Why not just that part?

Circulation: Normally if there is a problem with blood supply to the affected part, amputation to the point of adequate circulation is necessary. You need to insist on an explanation from your treating physicians before consenting ...Read more