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Is mercurochrome a good diabetic foot antiseptic?

Is mercurochrome a good diabetic foot antiseptic?

Not Safe: The FDA pulled mercurochrome off of the market in 1998 due to the potentially unsafe levels of mercury in the product. It is an effective antiseptic but due to its discoloration of the skin, it makes it impossible to decide if there is an infectious process occurring during observation. If you still have the product purchased in the USA, then it is very old and needs to be discarded. Seek help! ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is salt a good solution for diabetic foot ulcers?

Is salt a good solution for diabetic foot ulcers?

No: Salt solutions such as saline is physiologic to the human body, but pure salt water solution in high concentrations is detrimental to wound healing. ...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?

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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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

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I have diabetic foot and I am going to go on a long flight what should I do?

I have diabetic foot and I am going to go on a long flight what should I do?

When sitting: Perform some foot and ankle excercises, make sure to get up and walk around every so often (at least once per hour.) you can wear compression socks if your circulation is fine in the legs. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

No: They are typically present from too much pressure in an area or poor blood flow. See a foot specialist to help resolve them ...Read more

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What are some herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

What are some herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

None whatsoever: Diabetic foot wounds are incredibly serious conditions that can put your limb and life at risk. Don't fool around with herbal "cures." you should, if you're not already, be under the care of a team of doctors for this, including an endocrinologist, podiatrist, vascular surgeon, nutritionist, cde, pedorthist and possibly even an orthopedist and neurologist. ...Read 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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Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Neuropathy pain: Often times diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes burning, tingling, and even shooting pains. Nighttime is usually most severe. First step in treatment is blood glucose control. Topical creams and gels have shown positive results. Keep in mind that the cause of nerve injury in diabetes is unknown, therefore, treatment is not specific. Your physicians should be able to provide guidance. ...Read more

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Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Numb Diabetic Feet: We have found in our podiatry clinic that there is a lot of variability in levels of severity of diabetic neuropathy and symptoms also vary but mostly early symptoms of numbness, stabbing, burning, tingling and electric shocks that are recurrent when resting seem to be correlating with fasting blood sugar levels. Symptoms are less when patients have good sugar control; you should strive for this. ...Read more

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What specialist should I see for my diabetic foot infections?

What specialist should I see for my diabetic foot infections?

Referral from PCP: 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 using evidenced based medicine. My advice is to go to my nearest wound care center first after talking to your pcp. ...Read more

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What treatments are there if I have MRSA and diabetic foot wounds?

What treatments are there if I have MRSA and diabetic foot wounds?

See a physician: All diabetic wounds should be monitored on a regular basis by a medical professional; doubly so with a history of mrsa. You want to ensure that these do not become infected to the soft tissue or the bone (s). A wound specialist will tailor treatment specific to you and your wound and your health status. ...Read more

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How can diabetic foot infections be prevented?

How can diabetic foot infections be prevented?

Multiple factors: Controlling blood sugars to prevent complications. Looking for calluses which are signs of areas with increased pressure. Avoid trauma by protecting your feet and never go barefoot. Check your feet daily. Study conducted by duke university researchers found that medicare-eligible patients with diabetes were less likely to experience lower-extremity amputations if seen by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What do podiatrists do for routine diabetic foot care?

Routine foot care: Trimming toenails and calluses safely. Relieving pressure points with custom molded orthotics and/or custom molded shoes. ...Read more

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When should diabetic foot patients be referred to vascular surgery?

Any vascular concern: If there is a concern about circulation that may affect healing, have a vascular evaluation. Not all diabetics have vascular problems that require treatment. This can always change. Having a good, diabetic foot evaluation yearly to check for concerns. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

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

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What to do when a diabetic foot is in pain? Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't seem to help.

What to do when a diabetic foot is in pain? Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't seem to help.

See a doctor: Diabetic foot pain can be due to a variety of causes, which can include nerve-related pain; unrecognized injury; poor circulation; charcot arthropathy, etc. However, with a diabetic foot, it is crucial to see a doctor to determine the cause of the pain to make sure that it is not something serious that requires immediate attention. There are also prescription medications that can help. ...Read more

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How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Multiple remedies: 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 similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. ...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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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

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What does diabetic foot pain feel like?

What does diabetic foot pain feel like?

Diabetic neuropathy: The pain can be burning in nature, there can be hypersensitivity to touch, there may be combinations of numbness, tingling and burning or complete numbness. ...Read more

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What exactly is a diabetic foot problem?

What exactly is a diabetic foot problem?

Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read more

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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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Can herbal medicines treat a wounded diabetic foot?

No: Take no chances with a diabetic foot injury, consult a specialist, take appropriate antibiotics, dressings, topical creams as directed. You can use herbals for other ailments ...Read more

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Is diabetic foot normally black with spots on it.?

Diabetic feet: Diabetes typically tends to poor peripheral circulation, this can first show up as abnormal pigmentation, cold, and pulseless feet. Often can lead to amputation. Look after your feet, and your diabetes. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

Are there any herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

Possibly...: There maybe herbal remedies such as a original
oil, however, if it is truly a diabetic foot infection you need traditional medicine in order to heal properly. Once you have a diabetic foot infection the herbal medications are not the right way to proceed. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What hope is there for this diabetic foot?

Need expert advice. What hope is there for this diabetic foot?

See below.: Keep sugar under control, wear proper fitting, supportive shoes, check feet daily for any abnormalities. If see anything unusually, get medical attention. Exercise regularly and get foot exam regularly. Do not attempt to treat problems by yourself. If poor circulation or neuropathy, have toenails and callus treated by podiatriist. ...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

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How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

Signs of Infection: Redness extending around the wound and either going up in a streaking pattern or circumferential around the wound, hot in the same area of the redness, swollen foot/limb, loss of function, severe pain (when normally you shouldn't feel pain b/c of the neuropathy) malodor and water or pus type of drainage. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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Scabs on diabetic foot - how to treat them?

See a doctor: With diabetes, your feet are at a higher risk for infections and poor healing. Do not treat the scabs yourself. See a podiatrist for diabetic foot care. ...Read more

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Where do diabetic foot infections usually occur on the foot?

Where do diabetic foot infections usually occur on the foot?

Anywhere: Ingrown toenails, blisters, calluses and corns, cracked/dry skin, trauma and ill fitting shoes can take their toll on the diabetic foot, especially in those with neuropathy. Have your feet checked by a podiatrist, and take good care of your diabetes. ...Read more

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What does a person with diabetic foot neuropathy go through?

What does a person with diabetic foot neuropathy go through?

Pain: Diabetic neuropathy can be extremely painful and usually can't be reversed but there are drugs to help manage the pain and supplements that help. Get a nerve fiber density test to see how bad and after being on meds for a while do. The test again. I have some success with it. ...Read more

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What can happen if diabetic foot infections are left untreated?

Diabetic ulcers: Not always due to pressure, but to vascular changes and minor trauma, neuropathy and poor diabetic control. This should be seen, assessed and managed by a team effort with an infectious diseases expert, an orthopedist or podiatrist, a diabetologist and vascular surgeon. This has the potential to result in below the knee amputations and progressive infection which can be life-threatening. ...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