Q Is Osteomyelitis related to diabetes?
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection and can certainly be related to diabetes. When individuals who are living with diabetes develop foot ulcers, they may ultimately end up exposing bones in their feet to infection. Additionally, these individuals have impaired immune systems which are not as effective at fighting off infections, and Staphylococcus aureus can more easily infect their bones.
Potential bone infection is one of the many reasons for the heightened importance of diabetic foot care and why it is necessary to see Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM, whenever a cut or other injury is sustained. If you have not already done so, contact our office and we’ll help you create a sustainable plan for diabetic foot care.
Bone infections do not only happen to individuals who have compromised immune systems, however. Other risk factors for this condition include alcoholism, intravenous drug use, long-term use of steroids, or recent injury. Infection also happens occasionally following bone surgeries, like knee and hip replacements.
Regardless how you may have developed osteomyelitis, it needs to be treated sooner rather than later. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 and make an appointment to receive the expert diagnosis and treatment that you need.