• Diabetic Foot Infections: Can lead to major issues

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Jun 9th, 2019

It's finally a nice warm weekend in Cleveland, you want to walk to the pool or outside on the grass with out your shoes. You feel that your diabetes is under conrtol, but you are having abnormal sensation or some loss of feeling in your feet. These are signs you need to see me. The most common complication in the lower extremity for diabetes is neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is condition that can be caused by various condtions, but is the most common reason why diabetics get ulcers and infections. Statistics show that most amputations are caused by neuropahtic diabetic foot ulcers. Besides seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis, the most important thing a diabetic can do is check their feet everyday! If you have neuropathy, many times you will not feel that you stepped on something but you have, which an cause ulceration or infection. So lets talk about infections, since we talked about prevention.

Diabetics are considered immuno- comprimised. Basically this means that aa healthy person would have the ability to fight of infection and not have a problem. With diabetics that ability to fight infections are comprimised. There some common bacteria that are cause infection like strep or staph, but sometimes our normal skin bacteria (yes we have bacteria on our skin) can cause infection. There are times where diabetics get an infection where the bacteria produces "gas gangrene". These bacteria thrive off not having oxygen. This is a serious infection. Not only is this a surgical emergency that needs to be operated on immediately, this can cause sepsis. This occurs when the bacteria get in the blood stream. If left untreated or not treated soon enough this can cause multiple complications!!! This best way to prevent this is to check your feet everyday and see Buckeye Foot Care on a regular basis.

Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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