Foot infections have become the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States, often stemming from diabetes, poor circulation and neuropathy. According to the American diabetes Association, 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and 25% of them go on to develop a foot ulcer (sore). Half of those wounds will develop an infection and 20% go on to have a leg amputation.
Foot Infections – Causes & Treatment Options
So many of our patients relate that they “didn’t notice how suddenly a small sore turned into a bad spreading infection.” This is common in patients with diabetes and neuropathy, because their immune defenses are down and they often cannot perceive the typical pain associated with a wound.
Treating Foot Infections
Being at the front line of these infections is our physicians’ specialties. We work tirelessly to bring the highest degree of limb preservation to both diabetic and non-diabetic patients struggling with all classes of foot and leg infections. To assist your infection in rapid healing, we employ the latest treatment principles, reconstructive surgery and even stem cell-based tissue grafts for advanced wounds to restore healing and the ability to walk with a healthy foot in the shortest amount of time possible.
Our team of specialists work together to provide podiatric, neurological and vascular specialties needed in this process. We can provide the public with countless examples of “hopeless” cases bound for total limb amputations which as a team we were able to save (with surgical debridements, antibiotics, grafts and other advanced treatment applications) where at other clinics they were told “amputation” of the leg was the only option.
Most Common Type of Foot Infection – Toenail Fungus
One of the most common infections throughout the middle age realm and above is toenail fungus. Statistics show that by the time average Americans reach the age of 70 years old, 50% of people will have some degree of toenail fungus. This infection is characterized by thickening, discoloration and brittleness to a portion of or all the toenail. This can spread and cause loosening of several toenails until they may fall off or cause blistering under the nail. Sometimes debris under the toenail is a sure sign that a disease process in the actual undersurface or “nail bed” is ensuing.
Treating Toenail Fungus & Infections
In addition to wounds causing an infection, toenail fungus can also lead to foot problems. It is imperative to seek out the best treatment for toenail fungus to reduce your risk of developing a foot infection overall. Something as small as an infected toenail from fungus can lead to major infections throughout the foot. If not treated prompt;y and properly, this infection can result in gangrene and even amputation.
Consequently, the podiatrists at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists have the best fungal nail and foot infection treatments available, employing the latest topical medications and even laser nail treatment for complete resolution of an infection. In certain severe cases, oral medications are also available and for the right candidate, depending on the severity of your infection.
Schedule a consultation today with the doctors at Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists no matter how new or old the wound or fungus is and let us help you gain freedom from a “wounded world.”