Infections are classified as mild moderate or severe most diabetic foot infections are polymicrobial the most common pathogens are aerobic gram positive cocci mainly staphylococcus species . Foot infections are a common and serious problem in persons with diabetes diabetic foot infections dfis typically begin in a wound most often a neuropathic ulceration while all wounds are colonized with microorganisms the presence of infection is defined by 2 classic findings of inflammation or purulence infections are then classified into mild superficial and limited in size and depth moderate deeper or more extensive or severe accompanied by systemic signs or metabolic . Diabetic foot infections are classified as mild moderate or severe gram positive bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and beta hemolytic streptococci are the most common pathogens in previously untreated mild and moderate infection severe chronic or previously treated infections are often polymicrobial. Foot infections are a common problem for people living with both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes an infection may develop following a foot injury laceration or ulcer and this infection can worsen over time if left untreated additionally nail fungal infections can grow and spread across the foot foot infections pose special risks for people with diabetes since they may go unnoticed for extended periods of time and they may be more difficult to treat
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