This man came into the hospital with a wound on his right foot with some swelling and redness. His x-ray did not show evidence of bone infection or gas. An MRI was ordered which showed a bit of swelling in the muscles and skin, no abscess or bone infection. He was awake and talking pleasantly. … Continue reading A subtle diabetic flesh eating infection
This is a patient of mine who have had toes amputated from infected foot ulcers before, so unfortunately he already knew that he has a bad infection in his foot. The knuckle underneath the third toe is exposed and there is pus deep within his foot, making his third toe very swollen. It is possible … Continue reading Deep foot infections do not always end in foot amputation
What we are about to discuss is pretty rare, even for people with diabetes, but something I think you should still be aware of because it can end up in leg amputation. There is a condition that can happen to people that are active, do not experience foot pain due to neuropathy, and has foot … Continue reading What is Charcot Foot?
Diabetic foot ulcers are treated by removing the ground, or removing the bone. It sounds like an amputation but it's not. Usually, foot ulcers are located on areas of the foot where there is a joint or prominence. It can be hard to tell where the joint is on the bottom of the foot because the … Continue reading Surgical Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
We get diabetic foot ulcers from pressure and shear forces. It will heal if we remove the pressure and shear forces. This is called offloading. Since foot ulcers are created by basically being squished between the ground/shoe and the bone, we can offload ulcers by removing the ground or removing the bone. Removing the ground means … Continue reading Offloading Diabetic Foot Ulcers