Foot Problems (Diabetes) (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for diabetes-related foot problems?

The outlook depends upon the severity of the foot problem. As mentioned before, gangrene can be life-threatening if bacterial infection develops in the dead tissue area. Severe gangrene may result in the necessity for amputation of the affected area. Other foot problems are less severe but may nevertheless lead to reduced function or discomfort. Patients need to understand that for the best outcome of foot problems caused by diabetes is life-long monitoring of their feet for problems and consulting their doctor immediately if a problem begins to develop.

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Type 2 Diabetes.

MedscapeReference.com. Diabetic Foot Infections.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/25/2014

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