Diabetic Foot Problems
Minor foot infections: Your podiatrist will clean the infected area and give you antibiotics to make sure the infection heals and does not spread. It may take a while so make sure to take all the pills prescribed and have your healthcare professional check your progress.
Serious foot infections: If you have diabetes, you have a greater risk of developing stubborn foot ulcers from a small initial cut or abrasion. The infection can then spread into your bones, through your foot, and even into your leg. To prevent this, foot ulcers must be treated carefully and your progress must be carefully monitored by trained specialists.
If the infection cannot be controlled, you will probably need surgery, either in the hospital or at a clinic, and intravenous (IV) antibiotics for at least a few days. After the surgery, you will need a professional to change your wound dressings every day for a while and you will be followed-up regularly after returning home. Do not miss follow-up appointments, because infections can come back if not completely cured.