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How is a diabetic foot infection treated?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Diligently
I would strongly encourage anyone with such an infection to be seen by a podiatrist and not to try and take care of this by oneself.
There are many factors to consider with an infection like circulatory staus, neuropathy status, whether or not the blood glucose levels are under control. A non professional could easily underestimate the infection which can possibly lead to amputation.

In brief: Diligently
I would strongly encourage anyone with such an infection to be seen by a podiatrist and not to try and take care of this by oneself.
There are many factors to consider with an infection like circulatory staus, neuropathy status, whether or not the blood glucose levels are under control. A non professional could easily underestimate the infection which can possibly lead to amputation.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree
In brief: See below
A serious diabetic foot infection requires a team approach including an infectious disease specialist, a podiatrist and often a vascular surgeon.
Antibiotics and wound debridement are usually needed. If there is bone infection or osteomyelitis more extensive surgery and often amputations are necessary.

In brief: See below
A serious diabetic foot infection requires a team approach including an infectious disease specialist, a podiatrist and often a vascular surgeon.
Antibiotics and wound debridement are usually needed. If there is bone infection or osteomyelitis more extensive surgery and often amputations are necessary.
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Multifactorial
Several important factors need to be addressed such as providing an appropriate antibiotic management, having adequate circulation is critical to ensure that the antibiotics is getting to where it needs to get to.
Having proper nutrition and glycemic control is also essential to overcome a diabetic foot infect.

In brief: Multifactorial
Several important factors need to be addressed such as providing an appropriate antibiotic management, having adequate circulation is critical to ensure that the antibiotics is getting to where it needs to get to.
Having proper nutrition and glycemic control is also essential to overcome a diabetic foot infect.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Antibiotics and etc
Antibiotics, debridement of area and possible off loading to rest area.

In brief: Antibiotics and etc
Antibiotics, debridement of area and possible off loading to rest area.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Foot infection
This can mean an infection in a foot ulceration or one in a bone.
Random treatment with antibiotics is not as exact as first obtaining a quality culture from the wound. Some physicians take a piece of the tissue for a culture. A bone infection often requires a different approach including its possible removal. All diabetic foot infections need immediate attention by a wound care center or podiatri.

In brief: Foot infection
This can mean an infection in a foot ulceration or one in a bone.
Random treatment with antibiotics is not as exact as first obtaining a quality culture from the wound. Some physicians take a piece of the tissue for a culture. A bone infection often requires a different approach including its possible removal. All diabetic foot infections need immediate attention by a wound care center or podiatri.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Wound care.
Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection.

In brief: Wound care.
Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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