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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?
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
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
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
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
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
My dad has gangrene in one foot and has had the other amputated. He is on pd dialysis and has had an heart attack in july last year?
Please clarify: There is no question here. Please re-ask your question and be specific. ...Read more
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
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?
The vascular surgeon told my mother she has early stages of gangrene in her foot. What is the treatment?
Gangrene Treatment: If it is in the early stages, then the foot can usually be salvaged, but time is of the essence. The first steps would include assessing the arterial ciruculation of the leg w/ ultrasound, ct scan, or MRI of the arteries. This helps to determine the best treatment approach. Most common therapy: catheterization w/ angioplasty or stenting or surgical bypass of diseases arteries causing the gangrene. ...Read more
My mother has lost her right big toe to gangrene due to diabetic foot. It has spread to remaining 4 toes all gone black. Can we avoid amputation?
Amputation: Probably not but please see an Orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Would turn black: Would turn black.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why isn't this lady on intravenous antibiotics when she has gangrene on her feet, she goes to these meetings I go to wk after wk?
Poor blood flow: To the foot/toes can result in dry black dead areas. Antibiotics do not help at all in this case. There is no blood flow to deliver them to the region anyway. The main worry is if the dry/mummified skin breaks open at some point and allows an infection to get into the deeper tissues. This is why the areas need to be monitored closely. ...Read more
Possible yes: Likely? No.Get a more detailed answer ›
No ointment: There is no cure for gangrene, it usually requires surgical debridement and correction of any underlying circulation abnormality that may be contributing. Diabetic ulcers in general are often treated with debridement, off-loading, and various ointments depending on the nature of the wound. ...Read more
How bad is it to have fungus in your feet? Can that lead to gangrene? I'm seeing my doctor for something else soon, should I ask for a perscription?
I am A type 2 diabetic of my right foot on my big toe it is very swollen and hurts alot I'm wondering if it is possible that I could develop gangrene?
Try not to get: Yourself worked up as this will only raise your sugar levels. I would not jump to conclusion of an gangrene but I would seek immediate help and if its the weekend then you go to hospital ER. Diabetic foot infections are serious. Now, it may or may not be an infection as gout, or say fracture are possibilities as well. But, have it evaluated now. Good luck. ...Read more
My 88 year old mom has developed gangrene in her toes, which has now compromised her foot doc says it will spread, how will this develop?
No blood flow: Gangrene is the end result of not enough blood getting to the tissue. It can be from blood vessel blockages, caused by problems like diabetes or smoking, or from infection. If the problem is caught before the tissue dies, sometimes the underlying cause can be corrected. If gangrene has set it, sometimes amputation is the only option - and may be life-saving. ...Read more
Dx cellulitis top of foot, 7 days smz&rx cream completed. Dk purp/grn, puss, very painful&swollen, more sores up leg, worse since tx. Could it be gangrene?
See doctor: What you described warrants evaluation by a doctor. If you do not have a personal physician, please go to the nearest emergency room as you need attention immediately. ...Read more
Can (super)microsurgery help revascularize diabetic foot (with dry gangrene on 1 toe)? If so, are there surgeons in Europe (Holland) who do this?
I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now I have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?
Mom (diabetic)has dry gangrene on toe. Angioplasty failed, doctors say vascular surgery imposible (foot veins too small), how can we restore bloodflow?
You don't: Gangrene is dead tissue. If there is gangrene of the toe, that part of the toe is gone. If there is poor blood flow to the leg, there are techniques to improve flow, starting proximally and going toward the foot. These may or may not work, but they are designed to limit the level of an amputation. ...Read more
Varying opinions: You will hear different opinions on this. If it were my toe, I would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater. ...Read more
Only if this is: Advice after seeing a vascular surgeon and or podiatrist. You need to assess the vascular flow tot he foot. If it is bad and you keep waiting you can lose more of your foot potentially. ...Read more
No: Need treatment because it would lead to more serious infection and possible loss of foot or leg. ...Read more
Not always: Even if there is only visible toe gangrene sometimes the surgeon is concerned about poor healing of the toe amputation wound. Perhaps the circulation is so poor that an amputation at the level of the knee is more likely to heal. Sometimes the circulation can be improved to increase the chances of healing. ...Read more
Not necessarily: If she has diabetes or peripheral artery disease, the toes are very susceptible to gangrene. They are at end of blood supply and nerves, and prone to injury. Depending on cause, the same pathology may involve all vessels and nerves, though she is not yet seeing symptoms in those areas. Treatment of underlying cause can slow progression. ...Read more
I have a red line across my pinky toe and the tip of my toe has gangrene does this mean the gangrene will move down to that line?
Possible: You need care immediately. You need treatment by a vascular specialist and a podiatrist ...Read more
Most of my 5th toe is dry gangrene some part is okay. Doc advised me to wait & watch it. My toe feels detached & hasn't been reduced properly.?
Why?? and how???:
Why a 22 years old get gangrene, it does not make any sense medically.
did you have an accident where your toe was crushed? Did you have a dislocation? even if you did have dislocation even if it was not reduced properly that does not cause gangrene.
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Yes: If the area is left untreated and severe infection sets in. ...Read more