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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
June 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gangrene  

Find out the telltale symptoms associated with gangrene and how it happens.gangrene

When people hear the word “gangrene” they don’t often think of it as a condition that happens today. Perhaps you heard about it in a history class when talking about wounded soldiers during battle. Of course, gangrene can still happen. This condition is usually the result of an infection or illness and it can lead to necrotic, or dead tissue if it isn’t caught quickly enough. Our Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro, CA, podiatrists - Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay - are here to offer a little insight into this serious condition.

What are the symptoms of gangrene?

If you have gangrene you may start to notice redness or swelling of the toes or feet. You may experience pain or you may notice that you have lost sensation in your feet. The skin may become pale and sores may start to form.

Along with these symptoms you may also feel lightheaded, you may have a fever, you may notice a fast heartbeat or that you have trouble catching your breath. These are all symptoms that need to be addressed immediately. If you don’t seek treatment from our Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro foot doctors, tissue will die. As the tissue dies, the skin will turn from red to black. Some tissue may even begin to peel away.

How is gangrene treated?

First and foremost we need to treat the infection and get it under control before it spreads. We also need to figure out what is causing your gangrene so we can determine the best treatment plan to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future. If there is already dead tissue present, we will also need to remove it. Remember, this condition will not go away on its own and will only spread; therefore, the sooner you can come in for treatment the better!

If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or any other conditions that may increase your risk of gangrene, it’s important that you take time to provide your feet with the proper care they need. If you are noticing any symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA, foot specialists right away.




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