Patient education: Diabetic foot
What is a Diabetic Foot? – Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout your body and cause poor blood circulation. Nerve damage can make you lose feeling in your feet. Foot sores and cuts may silently become severely infected or turn into ulcers. Even minor foot sores that do not heal can turn into ulcers. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the bone, and ulcers can lead to tissue death (gangrene). Removal (amputation) of a toe, foot or even the lower leg may be necessary.
What are the symptoms of diabetic foot? – loss of feeling, numbness or tingling sensation, blisters or other wounds without pain, skin discoloration, skin temperature changes, red streaks, wounds with or without drainage, painful tingling.
Role of Bacteriophage therapy in the diabetic foot – A bacteriophage is a type of virus that infects bacteria. In fact, the word “bacteriophage” literally means “bacteria eater”. Phage therapy can be very effective in certain conditions and has some unique advantages over antibiotics. It can be used in patients with diabetic foot, who have recurrent wounds that do not close.
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