Lafayette Podiatry Associates - Lafayette Podiatry, Indiana

Patient Education

Menu
Lafayette Podiatry Associates
2020 Union Street, Suite 100
Lafayette, IN 47904
(765) 449-4758


Search

Doctor Trimmed Callus - Infection

This is a question and answer that we felt was worth sharing.

Question:

I am age 67 and have been a diabetic since the age of 50. Insulin dependent for the last 5 yrs. My feet often have hard calluses on them which I have had trimmed by a podiatrist. Unfortunately, this has led to severe infection and have lost my big toe because of this. At the moment I am again battling an infection. I am wondering what is the alternative to trimming a callus. I understand Vitamin C is good for healing. Do you have any info on this? I would be greatful for any advice you could give me.

Answer:

Callus build up on the foot is due to abnormal pressure and friction as you stand and walk. It is important that the callus not get to thick or the skin under the callus can break down and cause an ulceration. It is not uncommon for me, when treating a diabetic patient with calluses on the feet, to trim a callus and find an ulcer under the callus. If the callus is not trimmed, then the infection can progress into the bone or deep into the foot. Good nutrition and vitamin supplements will help with healing but the most important issue is adequate blood flow. If you have bad circulation ask your doctor about hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

You should also discuss with your doctor about obtaining a diabetic shoe and molded insole to protect your foot.

Article provided by PodiatryNetwork.com.



DISCLAIMER: MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS BEING PROVIDED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATION PURPOSES AND IS NOT MEANT TO REPLACE THE DIAGNOSIS OR CARE PROVIDED BY YOUR OWN MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease or prescribing any medication. Visit a health care professional to proceed with any treatment for a health problem.


Lafayette Podiatry Associates is a full service Podiatry Center, specializing in both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. We are pleased to provide you with assistance for all of your foot care needs. Drs. Perry and Schweikher are very well trained in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and look forward to providing you with the highest quality care you deserve.

Copyright © 2019 Lafayette Podiatry Associates. All rights reserved.
Podiatrist in Lafayette | 47904 Podiatrist Office | Lafayette Foot Doctor
Web Site Design & Maintained by Physician WebPages