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If an MRI shows infection in the bone of a foot of a diabetic, can they recover without losing their foot?
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
6 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetic foot
You do not give enough information to give a best answer. There are multiple bones in the human foot -- 26 to be exact! it depends on where the bone infection is, how long the infection has been in the bone, and whether there is an ulceration and or cellulitis associated with the bone infection.
Many times there may be loss of the bone involved without the loss of the foot.

In brief: Diabetic foot
You do not give enough information to give a best answer. There are multiple bones in the human foot -- 26 to be exact! it depends on where the bone infection is, how long the infection has been in the bone, and whether there is an ulceration and or cellulitis associated with the bone infection.
Many times there may be loss of the bone involved without the loss of the foot.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Eric Goodman
Radiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
It depends on the severity of the infection and arterial blood supply to the affected foot.
Some infections will respond to antibiotics and some infections need to be treated with surgery, debribement and possible amputation of infected bone.

In brief: Maybe
It depends on the severity of the infection and arterial blood supply to the affected foot.
Some infections will respond to antibiotics and some infections need to be treated with surgery, debribement and possible amputation of infected bone.
Dr. Eric Goodman
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
This type of patient needs coordinated care from a podiatrist and an infectious disease specialist and possibly a vascular surgeon.
They usually need prolonged intravenous and oral antibiotics and surgical debridement and wound care. Often this treatment is curative. Some times toe, ray, transmetatarsal or even a below knee amputation is necessary.

In brief: Yes
This type of patient needs coordinated care from a podiatrist and an infectious disease specialist and possibly a vascular surgeon.
They usually need prolonged intravenous and oral antibiotics and surgical debridement and wound care. Often this treatment is curative. Some times toe, ray, transmetatarsal or even a below knee amputation is necessary.
Dr. Michael Ein
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: IV antibiotics
If your doctor determines that the bone infection could be cured by antibiotics, then you will need 6-8 weeks of IV antibiotics.
However, you need adequate circulation for IV to work. Hence, a team approach is needed. Many docs need to get involved, including podiatrist, vascular, primary care and infection disease.

In brief: IV antibiotics
If your doctor determines that the bone infection could be cured by antibiotics, then you will need 6-8 weeks of IV antibiotics.
However, you need adequate circulation for IV to work. Hence, a team approach is needed. Many docs need to get involved, including podiatrist, vascular, primary care and infection disease.
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
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Dr. Steven Brown
mri not definitive diagnostic test need bone biopsy to make definitive diagnosis and determine appropriate antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It is possible.
If appropriately treated it may be possible to save the foot.
Have it evaluated by a professional and do not delay treatment.

In brief: It is possible.
If appropriately treated it may be possible to save the foot.
Have it evaluated by a professional and do not delay treatment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible
Sounds like you have osteomyelitis, bone infection.
If the infection is mild enough, it can be cleared with antibiotics. In more severe cases, antibiotics don't work, and amputations are a consideration.

In brief: Possible
Sounds like you have osteomyelitis, bone infection.
If the infection is mild enough, it can be cleared with antibiotics. In more severe cases, antibiotics don't work, and amputations are a consideration.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
In brief: Yes
If shoes with a soft upper or extra depth toe box still irritate your deformed toes and you are healthy enough, there are surgeries that can correct the deformities.
Stretching exercises rarely correct the deformity or toe appliances. At best they prevent progression of the deformity. The type of surgery depends on the type of straightening that is needed.

In brief: Yes
If shoes with a soft upper or extra depth toe box still irritate your deformed toes and you are healthy enough, there are surgeries that can correct the deformities.
Stretching exercises rarely correct the deformity or toe appliances. At best they prevent progression of the deformity. The type of surgery depends on the type of straightening that is needed.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
In brief: Yes
There is treatment for osteomyelitis of the foot.
It often calls for surgery to cut out the infected and dead bone(debridement) followed by the appropriate antibiotics for 6 weeks or more. The success rate varies from 30-85%. How healthy or conversely how sick the patient is also impacts on the decision. If the infection is life threatening amputation maybe best.

In brief: Yes
There is treatment for osteomyelitis of the foot.
It often calls for surgery to cut out the infected and dead bone(debridement) followed by the appropriate antibiotics for 6 weeks or more. The success rate varies from 30-85%. How healthy or conversely how sick the patient is also impacts on the decision. If the infection is life threatening amputation maybe best.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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