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Is your Foot Infection Caused by Diabetes?

Michael J. Petrocelli, D.P.M., F.A.C.A.S., C.W.S.P.

Is your Foot Infection Caused by Diabetes?People with diabetes have an extremely high storage of glucose; Glucose damages many organs in the body but also has a severely adverse effect on nerves.  This nerve damage happens because the small blood vessels, which supply blood and nutrients to the nerves becomes impaired.  When the nerves are no longer fed nutrients, they either die, or their signals to the brain are ineffective.

Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot ulcers.  These are not just simple wounds that are to be overlooked.  When a diabetic person develops these foot ulcers, it can be life threatening.

The foot most likely will not secrete oils or sweat properly and can develop cracks and deep slits from dry skin.  Calluses can also split, and once these issues start to take place, bleeding, infections and non-healing wounds are common.

The lack of brain signaling from the nerve endings makes it difficult for a person to feel pain in their foot, so often injuries and these disorders are overlooked.  This syndrome is called peripheral diabetic neuropathy.

Symptoms of peripheral diabetic neuropathy are often vague because of the loss of sensation, but most often they include the following sensations in the foot or legs:
• Tingling
• Numbness
• Burning
• Sensations of cold/hot
• Stumbling
• Falling
• Foot ulcers

If foot ulcers are left untreated in diabetic patients, they can develop into gangrene.  Unfortunately, in these cases, it is not uncommon for patients to need amputation of their toes, foot, or leg due to progressive infection.  It is always best to see a podiatrist proactively if you have diabetes.  And if you are experiencing any foot sores, cuts or excessive cracks, you should schedule and appointment with your physician immediately.

Along with getting your glucose levels regulated, the typical treatment options are:
• Wound care
• Saline debridement
• Antibiotics
• Therapeutic footwear
• Grafts
• Hyperbaric oxygen treatments
• Surgery

Collier Podiatry
Dr. Michael Petrocelli has been practicing podiatric medicine for well over 20 years. He is an expert in his field and a leader to his peers. If you are experiencing any foot pain or foot conditions, please contact Collier Podiatry.

Their kind and well-trained staff are ready to answer your questions and concerns and get you back on your feet again.

Collier Podiatry is available to answer your questions and make your appointment. Please visit their website at, or call them at (239) 775-0019

Collier Podiatry, P.A.
Michael J. Petrocelli
D.P.M., F.A.C.A.S., C.W.S.P.


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1715 Heritage Trail, Suite 204
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: (239) 775-0019
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