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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.

Steps to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care

diabetic foot careIn a study publishedin The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers assigned diabetic patients who struggled with ulcers tissue repair drug polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) for 3 days a week for 8 weeks.  Of the patients that were given the drug, 37.7 percent of the group was able to achieve complete wound healing after 2 months.

“This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina in Gazzi Messina, Italy said. “Foot ulcers are a dangerous and expensive complication for people with diabetes, and current treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are costly and can have side effects.”

Diabetes can affect the nerves in the lower extremities, potentially causing neuropathy. If you are diabetic and need help providing care for your feet, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and treat any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

For more information, contact our office in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care.

Diabetic Foot CareExperts at Duke University Medical Center found that diabetic patients who have the APOE4 gene may be more susceptible to peripheral neuropathy. Research also shows that some people are more prone to neuropathy due to their genetics.

According to Geoff Michaels of NewsFix, about half of people afflicted with diabetes get peripheral neuropathy. This is happens when nerve impairment in the feet occurs as a result of decreased blood flow. An increased risk of diabetic foot ulcers and other complications can result. Taking control and monitoring your blood sugar could help prevent neuropathy.  

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

To learn more about Diabetic Foot Care please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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