Diabetic Ulcer Care Tips

Diabetic Ulcer Care Tips

If you have diabetes, you must take special care of your feet because of the potential complications resulting from neuropathy. Neuropathy, a common nerve condition observed in people with diabetes, is when you can’t feel your feet because of nerve damage. Neuropathy causes your feet to go numb. As a result, you can’t feel cuts, wounds, or pain.

Additionally, diabetes can lead to poor circulation in your feet, hindering your body’s ability to heal wounds or cuts in your lower extremities. A foot ulcer is an open wound or cut that develops, usually on the bottom of your feet. About 15% of people with diabetes will at some point develop a foot ulcer, with 6% of them requiring hospitalization for the condition.

At Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Specialists, our experienced podiatrists have extensive experience helping people with diabetes take care of their feet. Here, we offer tips on how to care for a diabetic foot ulcer if you develop one.

Manage your blood sugar

Managing your blood sugar effectively with the help of a medical professional is vital to everyone with diabetes. However, when you have a complication such as a foot ulcer, it’s even more important to work with our team to ensure your blood sugar is managed properly to prevent further damage to your ulcer.

Remove unhealthy tissue

In some cases, our team may need to remove damaged tissue, dead skin, and calluses to promote healing during a procedure is called debridement. 

Keep your ulcer clean

It’s crucial to keep your wound clean to prevent infection. Wash daily with soap and water, and dry your feet afterward. 

Use medication as directed

Our team will probably recommend a medication to help prevent infection and promote healing. The medication should be applied after your wound is clean and dried. 

Cover your ulcer

Once you’ve cleaned your ulcer and applied medication, you’ll need to cover it with a bandage or dressing to help prevent debris or bacteria from entering the wound. That helps prevent infection and speeds up healing. 

Keep pressure off your ulcer

You’ll need to keep pressure off your ulcer to prevent it from getting worse. That may mean using crutches, a brace, or other devices to take the weight off your foot to avoid irritating your wound. 

Do you have a foot ulcer? Call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Specialists with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, to make an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists.

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