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Complications of diabetes

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic orthopedic specialists treat ​complications of diabetes.

​Infections in the feet are a complication of diabetes. Infections can occur when there is a loss of feeling in the feet.​​


Your physician can recommend a number of treatments and methods of prevention for infections.


If caught early, foot infections can be treated successfully with prescription antibiotics.

When infections become more serious, your doctor may recommend admission to a hospital for intravenous antibiotics.

Daily Foot Monitoring

Infections may be controlled through a combination of medication and ongoing care of the feet including:

  • Keeping the infected area dry.
  • Keeping feet elevated and limiting walking.
  • Regular application of clean bandages to the infected area.
  • Soaking of the feet in warm soapy water.


In severe cases, your doctor may perform surgery to remove an infection and prevent it from spreading throughout the foot and leg. In minor cases, small amounts of tissue can be removed from the infected area. When infections become serious, toes may need to be removed or larger amounts of tissue extracted.​

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How Much Do You Know About Foot Health?

Most people would agree that it's no small problem when their feet ache. Yet few other parts of the body are more neglected in terms of basic personal care. And major foot problems and chronic pain often go ignored. Learning about foot care can help you recognize when to see a healthcare provider for treatment.

1. You should inspect your feet regularly.
2. Trim your toenails to follow the curve of your toe.
3. For people who don't have circulation problems, it's safe to use over-the-counter remedies for foot ailments such as corns or warts.
4. Having a pedicure can treat foot problems.
5. You shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes for two or more days in a row.
6. High heels frequently cause foot problems in women.
7. Years of wearing narrow shoes that squeeze the toes together can cause bunions.

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