If you're an adult with an open, swollen, or painful foot wound, or a callus or bunion that doesn't seem normal, doctors say patients too often delay getting a professional opinion. And the risk can be even more dangerous if you have diabetes. If not caught early or controlled, diabetes can lead to serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs. This is why it's so important to take action and get tested.
|Dr. Christopher Winters
"If they sit on this for even weeks, they can get very, very infected, get into the bone...and then that is very difficult to treat with just antibiotics alone, and then that usually becomes a surgical problem that leads to the hospitalization, the amputation, and then it just becomes a downward spiral after that," Dr. Christopher Winters explained. He's a podiatrist with St. Vincent. "They may lose a toe, a half a foot, a leg, and a life ultimately, so they can't delay."
Source: Anne Marie Tiernon, WTHR 13- TV
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.