The tissues of our body need oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to pass through them to survive. Circulation failures can lead to these tissues dying, resulting in gangrene. Since the feet are the lowest point of the body, circulation can sometimes be a problem. To prevent gangrene from taking place, you could need the help of our expert team here at Great Neck Family Foot Care.

Causes Of Gangrene

As previously stated, a lack of blood flow to the feet is a typical cause of gangrene, which results in tissue death. However, that is not the only thing that causes it. Below are also instances in which gangrene can begin to affect your feet:

  • An uncheck infection.
  • Trauma causing a bacteria buildup within the feet.

Symptoms To Watch For

Taking action quickly after the symptoms of gangrene become present is imperative to making a full recovery. If too much tissue death takes place, the damage sustained can be permanent. That is why if you notice any of the below symptoms, schedule an appointment with our team right away:

  • Skin discoloration.
  • Swelling or formation of blisters with fluid inside the skin.
  • A notable line between healthy and damaged skin.
  • Development of a sore with foul-smelling discharge.
  • Sudden, severe pain followed by feelings of numbness. 

Treatment Options

No matter the cause of gangrene, medical intervention needs to be taken to stop it. The exact treatment methods implemented by our podiatrists will depend on the reason gangrene has taken hold of your feet in the first place. Once that has been determined, any of the below treatment methods can be utilized:

  • Surgery to remove dead tissue and stop gangrene from spreading.
  • Antibiotics to kill the infection.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to boost the oxygen in your bloodstream.