Posted by: Lisa | 2009-04-15


operations on the feet for diabetics

Hi my father is type 2 diabetic. he injured his foot in the lagoon over the holiday in Dec 08. The foot swelled up and developed what I assume to be a diabetic ulcer. he did not seek treatement and only went to a doctor in mid to end jan 09. The doctor immediately admitted him to hospital where he was put onto a drip with a strong anti biotic.. This did not work so he underwent an operation with a reknowned doctor in this field who had to scrape the bone and set up an internal drain and antibiotic drip directly into the foot. my father has been in excrutiating pain and his foot does not seem to be responding. The dosage of antibiotics has changed and has been made stronger. My problem here is the doctor seems to want to operate again and my father is now extremely apprehensive and even disbelieving of whether this procedure was the best thing to do in the first place. he is now stating that he wants to know what his alternatives are as he believes he has made a mistake. now we all know that he had a very painful swollen foot that was intensenly infected and that he could no longer feel, but he still wants to know what his alternatives are. we all believe that if he had not operated that he could possibly have died. I need help on firstly if there are alternatives and if not how do I make my dada understand that he has to go the medical route and that he is not going to be fixed overnight.

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Diabetes expert

This is a very difficult problem to handle once there is infection in the bone. It is a prolonged process to cure that, and if there is damage to tissue it is sometimes better to remove the infected tissue to prevent further spreading of the infection. It sounds as if your father is in good hands, but maybe he should discuss his concerns with his doctor - only if his doctor understands his concerns can it be addressed. The medical route of antibiotics are very important in the management of infection.

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Posted by: Dettol | 2009-04-16

I believe in Dettol for any kind of wounds. Wash the wound in dettol water.
antibiotic is good but your feet are far from your body and not much blood in your feet.

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