Foot infections are a common and serious problem in persons with diabetes diabetic foot infections dfis typically begin in a wound most often a neuropathic ulceration while all wounds are colonized with microorganisms the presence of infection is defined by 2 classic findings of inflammation or purulence. Diabetic foot infections are classified as mild moderate or severe gram positive bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and beta hemolytic streptococci are the most common pathogens in previously untreated mild and moderate infection severe chronic or previously treated infections are often polymicrobial. The other major factor in diabetic foot infections is the compromised blood flow in the presence of local trauma and microvascular disease diabetic foot infections may vary from a simple case of cellulitis to full blown gangrene osteomyelitis occurs in 15 of ulcers and 15 of those will go on to require amputation in fact approximately 60 of patients undergoing lower extremity . Diabetic foot infection may result due to a combination of health conditions like local trauma neuropathy and in addition to microvascular disease diabetic foot infection may also lead to diabetic foot ulcers these ulcers are nothing but red sores that occur most often on your footpad or the bottom of your big toe
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