Foot infections must be handled with care:
Foot infections are risky and potentially life-changing. This is the case because they can lead to amputations. In particular, diabetics who incur foot infections can have severe issues depending on if they are mild, modest or severe.
Diabetes has the potential to make any foot infection turn serious, which can include cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, septic arthritis or tendinitis. Foot infections are among the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Diabetics with foot infections have an increased likelihood of requiring hospitalization. Since diabetics have the increased risk of foot ulcerations, infections are the leading influences for amputation. The usual cause of infections in the foot is bacterial in nature.
If a foot infection is formed because of an untreated wound, it will be cultured by a medical professional to determine the exact cause of the infection so that the most effective medication can be prescribed. If the foot has an ulcer, the skin of it will be scraped off for a biopsy.
Consequently, proper care of foot infections involves effective wound management, use of antibiotics and any surgical treatment that may be necessary. It’s also important to prevent the formation of antibiotic-resistant infections by not using too many unnecessary antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotic treatment should last for up to a month or up to 4 months if the infection has spread or become severe and is absolutely essential.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Proper management of diabetic foot infections through proper medications, drainage, removal of debris/dead tissues and wound care.
- Surgical procedures that involve corrective measures and/or amputation. These procedures are only effective if done so timely.
Proper management of foot infections is paramount for maintaining suitable long-term foot and ankle health. The Foot Health Team of Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. will identify and manage any foot infection you may develop. So, please call our office at 734-522-7676 to schedule an appointment so that we can help your feet beat any infection that may be present or that which may try to infect your foot in the future.