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What can happen if diabetic foot infections are left untreated?

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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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What causes diabetic foot infections?

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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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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What are diabetic foot infections?

Diabetic foot infect: The diabetic can develop ulcers in the foot that can get colonized with bacteria and infected easily. The ability of the diabetic to heal is compromised. Often, these ulcers are colonized with more than one type of bacteria. The level of infection can advance (become deeper) very quickly and then muscle, tendon and bone become exposed creating further treatment challenges. ...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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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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Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

Who is more at risk of developing diabetic foot infections?

You didnt : Give any choices? A diabetic obviously. If neuropathy is present this would increase the odds, if pad is present this would increase the odds. If both were present the odds go up. ...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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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 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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

Diabetic foot is a symptom in which a person with diabetes (usually after years of illness) develops poor circulation and poor sensation in one or both feet. Diabetic feet are prone to injuries, ...Read more