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Diabetic Foot Surgery

What are diabetes-related foot conditions?

People with diabetes for a long time often have problems with their feet. They may develop foot sores, infections and deformities more easily.

If not treated in the beginning, a foot ulcer on a person who is suffering from diabetes can get infected. In many cases, the foot ulcer has spread so wide surgeon must remove a toe or part of the leg to prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the body.

Who might get infected with diabetes-related foot conditions?

Foot problems often occur in people with diabetes who is suffering from long time, especially among those who have:

  • Nerve damage
  • Poor blood flow in the feet.
  • Trouble managing blood glucose levels
  • Overweight /obesity
  • Had diabetes for a long time.
  • High blood pressure
  • high cholesterol.
How are diabetes-related foot ulcers treated?

Treatment may include:

  • Cleaning the wound.
  • Draining pus from the ulcer.
  • Removing or cutting away dead or infected tissue
  • Applying bandages and ointments to absorb puss
  • Prescribing a wheelchair or crutches to take the weight off the affected foot
  • Prescribing antibiotics to manage and eliminate the infection.

Depending on how severe the infection is, the doctor can also recommend hospitalization and surgery. If the infection is wide, amputation is necessary to prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the body.

When should a patient seek medical care for diabetes-related foot pain?

If a person has diabetes, talk to the doctor right away if the patient experience:

  • Changes in foot shape
  • Any changes to the skin on the feet, including redness or darkness or bad smell.
  • Hair loss on feet, toes or legs.
  • Pain, tingling or cramping in the feet or legs.
  • Thick, yellow toenails.