Diabetic Foot Infection

Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle

Raymon Hanna, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Palm Harbor, FL

Experienced podiatrist and limb salvage specialist Raymon Hanna, DPM, MD, AACFAS, has advanced training in managing diabetic foot infections. He treats all stages of diabetic foot wounds and infections at his practice, Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you have diabetes and notice a wound or ulcer on your foot, call or book an appointment online right away.

Diabetic Foot Infection Q & A

What is a diabetic foot infection?

Diabetic foot infections are the most common complication of diabetes. This condition occurs when the soft tissue or bone in your foot becomes infected. Many diabetic foot infections result in hospitalization, or even amputation.

Dr. Hanna is a diabetic limb salvage expert who specializes in caring for complex wounds, including bone infection. He provides advanced diabetic wound care at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle.

What causes diabetic foot infections?

If you have diabetes, your feet require specialized care. Diabetes causes poor blood circulation and nerve damage (neuropathy), both of which may lead to foot problems.

Neuropathy can reduce your ability to feel pain, which means that wounds and blisters may go unnoticed for a long time. Additionally, poor circulation limits the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the wound, which delays healing. Elevated blood sugar also interferes with your body’s ability to heal and fight infection.

The combination of these factors may lead to diabetic foot ulcers, or open wounds that don’t heal properly. When you have diabetes, infection begins much faster than normal. If left untreated, a small foot ulcer can become a serious infection in a matter of days.

What complications can a diabetic foot infection lead to?

Diabetes is the leading non-traumatic cause of foot and leg amputations in the United States. About 14-24% of people with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer end up needing an amputation.

However, diabetic foot ulcers, infections, and amputations are preventable. Proper foot care, including regular visits to Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle, are essential to maintain healthy feet when you have diabetes.

How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Hanna carefully examines your foot and overall health. He checks for signs of infection, like warmth, redness, and swelling.

If you have a foot ulcer that isn’t infected, Dr. Hanna may treat it with nonsurgical methods, like applying topical medication and a clean bandage. However, an infected foot requires surgery to prevent further damage.

Dr. Hanna is highly trained in complex surgical procedures that may save your foot and leg from amputation. He may perform reconstructive foot surgery if he needs to remove infected tissue.

For advanced care of diabetic foot infections, call Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.