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I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own.
It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene is going to progress is to evaluate the blood flow to the foot. This can be done with an arterial ultrasound.

In brief: Depends

Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own.
It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene is going to progress is to evaluate the blood flow to the foot. This can be done with an arterial ultrasound.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a specialist!

These sorts of changes in any patient and in particular in the diabetic should be immediately evaluated by a foot specialist.
Gangrene can not only worsen but can become infected and can rapidly progress to bone infection, sepsis and even death.

In brief: See a specialist!

These sorts of changes in any patient and in particular in the diabetic should be immediately evaluated by a foot specialist.
Gangrene can not only worsen but can become infected and can rapidly progress to bone infection, sepsis and even death.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

You need an endocrinologist to help maximize your diabetes care.
You need a podiatrist to help with foot care. You also need a vascular surgeon or cardiologist, or interventional radiologist, like myself to treat your peripheral artery disease.

In brief: Yes

You need an endocrinologist to help maximize your diabetes care.
You need a podiatrist to help with foot care. You also need a vascular surgeon or cardiologist, or interventional radiologist, like myself to treat your peripheral artery disease.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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