A small cut, or bruise may not seem like a big deal, but for millions of Americans with diabetes, they can be. For individuals with diabetes, all wounds are a serious health concern and require careful attention.
People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop peripheral vascular disease, a condition of poor circulation. Diabetes can also weaken our immunity, which complicates wound healing. If your immune system isn’t functioning at its best, your body may struggle to fight off bacteria that cause infection. Higher than normal blood sugar levels increase the possibility of infection because bacteria thrive on the extra sugar that’s available in the bloodstream.
If your infection is untreated and left to spread, it can lead to complications such as gangrene, or sepsis, often resulting in hospitalization and amputation.
If you have any question regarding a diabetic foot wound please contact Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth to be evaluated by one of our expert podiatrists as soon as possible. All of our expert doctors have had advanced training in the management of Diabetic Foot Infections.
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