Diabetes and Foot Problems

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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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.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Type 2 Diabetes.

MedscapeReference.com. Diabetic Foot Infections.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2016
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