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Infected Foot due to Diabetes Overview

Another name for Infected Foot due to Diabetes is Diabetic Foot Problems.

What are diabetic foot problems?
A person with diabetic foot problems has foot ulcers, foot infections, and slow wound healing. Diabetes damages blood vessels and weakens the immune system, which fights infection. Once the skin is injured, the lack of blood flow results in slow healing. Bacteria, which are normally on the skin surface, start to glow on the tissue that lies beneath the injured skin. The body is unable to fight the infection, and an ulcer forms.

What are the symptoms of diabetic foot problems?
Symptoms of diabetic foot problems may include foot pain (bilateral), foot numbness (bilateral), foot swelling (bilateral), and pale cool feet. Other symptoms include skin ulcers, skin redness, and skin swelling.

How does the doctor treat diabetic foot problems?
Treatment for diabetic foot problems may include weight loss, protective shoes, protective dressings, antibiotics, and foot ulcer care.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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