What Causes Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
The effects of diabetes all compound to dramatically increase the likelihood of developing a foot ulcer. An ulcer is an open sore surrounded by inflamed tissue. Peripheral Artery Disease makes it difficult for skin around your extremities to heal effectively. This is made worse by the fact that decreased blood in the feet often leads to nerve damage. Therefore, increasing your possibility of ignoring the painful warning signs of tissue damage.
Why Talk to a Infectious Disease Specialist About My Diabetic Foot Sores?
Diabetic foot ulcers are a gateway for bacteria into your system. Because high blood sugar causes immune impairment, patients with diabetes are even more at risk for infections.
Osteomyelitis is another risk associated with diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetics are at greater risk for bone infections because of the prevalence of ulcer infections. Infections can easily spread from the ulcer site to the bones of the foot. Because of the complexity of feet’s skeletal structure, there are many bones for the infection to spread to, making treatment difficult.
Bone infections carry all the increased risk associated with diabetic infections and can be even more difficult to treat. If osteomyelitis develops, it dramatically increases the likelihood of foot amputation.
The best way to prevent tissue loss and the risk of osteomyelitis is to work with an expert in antibiotic treatments and wound care. Dr. Serge Lartchenko is a trusted member of Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s Wound Care team. His connection with this team allows him to recognize the best overall treatment options for diabetic wounds, and when surgery is needed.
How Can Texas Infectious Disease Institute Help?
The goal of treatment is to accelerate the healing process. Quickly treating the infection can dramatically improve outcomes and possibly prevent further complications. Seek immediate treatment if you have a foot ulcer larger than half an inch across.
Diabetic foot infections are a serious concern that may lead to amputation. Early recognition and proper treatment are necessary to avoid poor outcomes. In the case of severe infections, patients may need a combinations of surgery, revascularization and antibiotics.
Trust the infectious disease expert that other doctors trust. Dr. Serge Lartchenko of Texas Infectious Disease Institute can help get you through your diabetic foot complications.