Deep Space Infections
Patients with diabetes already know that careful monitoring of the feet is vital. Checking in with your podiatrist is also very important to make sure that problems you cannot see, like deep space infections, are not developing under the skin. Diabetic neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy makes you susceptible to the development of deep space infections in the foot. Deep space infections have a high morbidity and may lead to amputation if not identified early.
Patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy that might be in danger of developing deep space infections should maintain regular appointments. Our podiatrists in Royal Palm Beach and throughout South Florida can discuss your concerns and prevention with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today.
What is a Deep Space Infection?
There are several compartments in the foot surrounded by various layers of muscle and connective tissue. The compartments in the foot communicate with compartments of the leg through tunnel-like spaces around the tendons that travel through both the leg and the foot. This allows for easy spread of the infection from the foot to the leg.
Symptoms of Deep Space Infection
Since you may not feel the pain or onset of a deep space infection, keeping up with podiatry appointments is critical so that your doctor can identify and monitor your legs for the possibility of deep space infections. Symptoms of the complications of deep space infections are very serious and can lead to amputation and even death.
Treatments of Deep Space Infection
If an infection is found, emergency surgery is required immediately. An incision will be made to drain the fluid and intravenous antibiotics will be administered to fight the infection. This type of infection can also easily cause blood poisoning (sepsis). Once the emergency surgery is done, other treatments similar to advanced diabetic foot ulcer treatments will be administered. They include antibiotics, platelet-rich fibrin therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, and topical administration of stem cells. The best deep space infection treatment is, of course, prevention. Check your feet regularly and follow your doctor’s instructions on controlling your diabetes.
Diagnosing Deep Space Infection
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for a diabetic foot exam to diagnose deep space infections? There can be a bit of apprehension when visiting a podiatrist in order to find out what is causing your foot pain or discomfort. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to prevent deep space infections from occurring. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating and diagnosing patients who need deep space infection treatment. Working closely with our doctors and following instructions is an important part of treatment success. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving your discomfort and getting you back on your feet. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care, which includes state of the art innovations in diabetic foot ulcer treatment and prevention of deep space infections. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Royal Palm Beach or at any one of our six locations throughout South Florida. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member.