Problems with poor circulation, tissue deterioration, and loss of feeling all make you more likely to develop foot infections if you have diabetes. At Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alka Rebentish, MD, and Chukwudum Uche, MD, FIDSA, FACP, provide advanced treatments for diabetic foot infections that can prevent the loss of your foot. Call the clinic today to book an in-person or telehealth appointment, or arrange a consultation using the online form.
Diabetes is a common condition that arises from a lack of insulin in your body. Insulin is a hormone that helps to control the levels of sugar in your blood. People who have diabetes are prone to numerous health problems, including diabetic feet.
There are two complications of diabetes that cause diabetic feet problems:
Peripheral vascular disease is a term for conditions like chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which affect the circulation in your legs and feet. A buildup of plaque in your arteries and problems with the one-way valves that keep blood flowing towards your heart can result in weakened blood vessels and poor circulation.
This is a condition in which your peripheral nerves stop functioning as they should. You might experience sensations like tingling, prickling, or burning, or feel pain when there’s no injury. As it advances, diabetic neuropathy causes loss of feeling. Although it can affect any nerves, this condition is typically worse in the feet.
If your feet are numb, you won’t realize if you injure yourself. The slow passage of blood and deterioration of the tissues makes it hard for your body to heal the wound. As a result, open sores called ulcers can develop.
A diabetic foot infection happens when a wound like a diabetic ulcer becomes infected. Even a small cut can get infected because of the nerve and blood vessel damage diabetes causes and its effect on your immune system.
Foot infections can sometimes lead to the development of pockets of pus called abscesses that eat away tissue and even bone.
Diabetic foot infections require treatment with antibiotics. If you have an abscess, it might need draining and possibly removal of infected tissue. If you have a diabetic ulcer or infected abscess that won’t heal, sometimes the only option is amputation to prevent infection or tissue death (gangrene) from spreading.
The Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic specialists have expertise in assessing and treating diabetic foot infections. They use the most advanced treatments for diabetic foot infections, including oxygen therapy, with a goal of preventing amputation.
Identifying the infection early on increases the chance of successful treatment. Therefore, it’s vital to check your feet every day if you have diabetes or get someone to check them for you if you can’t manage it yourself. At the first sign of a cut, sore, or similar injury, contact Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic for treatment.
If you’re worried you might have a diabetic foot infection, call Infectious Disease Associates & Travel Medicine Clinic to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.