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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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Should I see a specialist for ankle swelling, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for ankle swelling, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Ankle swelling: Any good family doctor should be able to handle the diagnosis and management of ankle swelling just fine. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for flatfoot, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for flatfoot, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Specialist: A family physician may recognize a flat foot problem, but it would be unusual for them to have training in appropriate treatments. There are just too many areas in medicine for one doctor to be an expert on everything. Podiatrists treat feet and ankles exclusively and are your best bet for treatment alternatives. Orthotics generally help. Occasionally surgery is needed. ...Read more

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How should I treat my foot pain for acro-dance?

How should I treat my foot pain for acro-dance?

Acro dance: Can be pretty hard on the feet. If you're having pain, it might not be from the acro-dancing, but the acro-dancing brought it out. (if you were a couch potato, your feet would feel fine.) i recommend you see a podiatrist and get evaluated and find out why you're having pain, and there may be a pad or device or strapping that you can use when acro-dancing. ...Read more

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If I have chronic pain in my knee should I see my primary care doctor first?

If I have chronic pain in my knee should I see my primary care doctor first?

It Depends: Primary care doctors all have areas of special interest. If your doctor interest is in muscle and joint disorders, he/she would be able to help, it not you may want to see an orthopedist. I suggest you call the office and ask to speak with the nurse. Ask her if he routinely treats patients with knee pain. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I go see for hand pain?

What kind of doctor should I go see for hand pain?

Bone doctor: Orthopedic surgeon who may or not be a specialist in hand. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for gestational diabetes, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Gestational diabetes: Depends. Some md's are capable of handling gdm. Others look for a perinatologist to manage these patients. Certainly a md who has a large volume of patients may be better equiped to handle this kind of patient. Perinatologists are specially trained for high risk issues and can co manage your gdm with your ob. Just ask your OB if he/she is comfortable doing this or find a local perinatologist. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for eye swelling, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for eye swelling, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Eye doc is best: Usually not handled by your family doctor. Is the swelling of the lids? Is is painless? Swelling can be a reaction to focal infection, or an allergic response. If the swelling is behind the eye it may be infectious. What seems to be swelling may be thyroid infiltration or a tumor. If persistent, it needs evaluation by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for pneumocystis infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for pneumocystis infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends who it is...: Depending on the reasons for getting pneumocystis and if your regular doctor is qualified (eg. Certified by the aahivm or belongs to hivma), he/she can also take care of it. In certain parts of the country, there are enough id specialists that can take care of patients with pneumocystis since many also require help in managing co-morbid conditions such as HIV or rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for a foot fungus infection?

What type of doctor do I see for a foot fungus infection?

Several options: Primary care physician, dermatologist, podiatrist.

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Is metanx good for diabetic neuropathy and should I talk to my doctor about it?

Is metanx good for diabetic neuropathy and should I talk to my doctor about it?

You bet: MetanX was studied in small fibre diabetic neuropathy and showed improvement in nerve fibre density and less adverse symptomatology at end of 9-10 months. This medical food is FDA indicated for diabetic nerve issues. ...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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Should I see a specialist for streptococcal infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for streptococcal infection, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

No specialist needed: Your primary care physician will be able to prescribe medication for your streptococcal infection. No specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for chronic pain, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Many options: Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for at least six months. There are many treatment options for pain, not just medication. The best treatment depends on finding the cause of the pain. Your primary doctor may be a good place to start. Once the pain has persisted to the chronic state, you will want to have an expert opinion to prevent permanent impairment and disability. ...Read more

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What doctor do I see for a cyst on my foot?

What doctor do I see for a cyst on my foot?

Podiatrist: Would be a good choice as they specialize in all disorders of the foot. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for candida albicans, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for candida albicans, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends: Candada albicans is a common yeast found almost everywhere. It comprises some of the dry weight of your poo, it can cause easily treated diaper rash or thrush in infants or be a contaminant of central lines in criticly ill patients & produce life threatening illness.Start with your regular dr. Who can redirect you if needed. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for hand/finger pain?

What kind of doctor should I see for hand/finger pain?

Finger pain: start with your PCP, as many common things do not require a specialized treatment, however if there is more detail needed then a hand surgeon ...Read more

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For problems with my toenails, should I go see a foot doctor or a skin doctor?

For  problems with my toenails, should I go see a foot doctor or a skin doctor?

Either....: Your podiatrist will do a thorough foot examination and make reccs regarding care to the digital nails. There are ways to treat painful ingrown toenails to prevent reoccurrence. Biopsy of nails will help objectify any nail pathology such as fungus www.Apma.Org. ...Read more

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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 diabetic foot infections?

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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?

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?

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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?

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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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