Diabetic foot infections are one of the most common complications that result from diabetes. The infection occurs in the soft tissue, the bone, muscles, or multiple locations and can lead to amputation if left untreated. Many times, infection results from open sores or ulcers on the feet that are vulnerable to bacteria. As a person with diabetes ages, their chances of developing a diabetic foot infection increase.
Cuts and wounds are sometimes not easy to detect for people with diabetes due to a loss of feeling in the feet (neuropathy) and poor blood flow. However, quick detection and treatment of any cut or infections is crucial because early intervention is necessary to save the foot from future complications. A person’s risk of developing diabetic foot infections in their lifetime is around 15%, making the condition relatively common among people with diabetes.