Stopping Diabetic Osteomyelitis of the Foot Before it Starts

What is it and who is at risk Diabetic Osteomyelitis?

Osteomyelitis, the inflammation of the foot bone, is one of the tragic side-effects of diabetes, as well as a possible result of sickle cell disease, drug and steroid abuse, alcoholism, immunosuppression and chronic joint disease.

This inflammation is a result of infectious bacteria or fungi invading the foot bones, spread through the bloodstream or from nearby tissue. Osteomyelitis can develop quickly and without much warning, often resulting in foot amputation.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Osteomyelitis?

Sometimes people with Osteomyelitis may not show any signs or symptoms. However the following are warning signs that should be taken heed:
·         Fever or chills
·         Irritability or lethargy
·         Pain in the area of infection
·         Swelling, warmth and redness over area of infection

What can you do to prevent surgery and amputation?

According to Diabetes Watch, nearly 33 percent of diabetic foot infections develop Osteomyelitis. Although this is certainly an alarming number, not all cases result in amputation. As long as an at-risk person is aware of the possibility of developing Osteomyelitis, this advanced bacterial infection can be avoided.

·         Antibiotic therapy is extremely helpful in preventing and combating this foot inflammation. Taking your prescribed antibiotics in a timely manner and finishing the entire prescription will lower your chances of an infection progressing to the more serious stage of Osteomyelitis.  Different substances will be prescribed depending on the infection but treatment is typically required for at least 4-6 weeks. Keep in mind that intravenous medication that will penetrate bone and joint cavities may be given.

·         An early diagnosis is the most important preventative measure one can take. If you are at-risk and notice any irregular skin texture, swelling or wound, you should visit your podiatrist immediately.  Diagnosis may be achieved through radiography or a bone culture biopsy.

·         Leave it to a professional. If an infection is worsening or is becoming more difficult for you to treat, allow a professional to examine it before trying to resolve the problem yourself. What may begin as a small cut can progress to a wound or ulcer, eventually exposing deep tissue or bone.

If you need to see an expert podiatrist for Diabetic foot treatment in NYC, contact Manhattan Footcare Today