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Managing Diabetic Foot Infections

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can affect various parts of the body, including the feet. Elevated blood sugars create a favorable environment for infections, particularly in moist areas of the feet. People with diabetes are also at a heightened risk of peripheral neuropathy. This diminishes sensation in the feet and makes it challenging to detect injuries or infections. Factors like poor circulation and impaired wound healing increase the likelihood of foot ulcers and subsequent infections. Treatment of diabetic foot infections varies depending on their type and severity. Antibiotics, wound care, surgical interventions, and optimizing glycemic control are commonly employed strategies. To prevent diabetic foot infections, it is essential to identify and address the risk factors. For that reason, it may be necessary to have regular foot examinations by a podiatrist for early detection and intervention. If you have developed a diabetic foot infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can conduct a thorough examination and provide the proper treatment options. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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