This is simply an infected foot. It can range from superficial skin infections also known as cellulitis to more severe forms in which there will be an associated abscess or infection of the bone known as osteomyelitis. It is quite common in diabetics and if left untreated can lead to widespread infection and possible loss of a limb.
In mild forms of the disease the associated area will be swollen with surrounding redness. Patients may complain of pain and fever. Later on ,if left untreated an abscess can develop. If the infection spreads the patient can present very ill and sometimes develop gangrene and go into septic shock.
In cases of mild infection antibiotics will suffice.Drainage of an abscess and removal of all infected material via surgery will be required if there is an abscess or dead tissue.Depending on the severity of the infection the patient may have to be hospitalized.This is a very serious condition especially in Diabetics and one ought to seek urgent help from a medical doctor.
As mentioned before ,diabetics are predisposed to developing an infected/septic foot. Preventative measures are the key to ensuring minimal complications. This begins at home with a good foot care routine:
There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy.
The pictures below show some different ways in which infection can present. In some situations toes may have to be removed if they are gangrenous(dead) in order to prevent the infection from spreading.
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