A diabetic ulcer is an open wound that forms as a result of irritation, poor circulation, or trauma. Because people with diabetes often develop neuropathy in their lower limbs, these ulcers typically develop on the bottom of the feet due to poor circulation. In severe cases, a diabetic ulcer will require amputation, but there are ways to reduce the risk of such complications by taking steps to prevent ulcers altogether.
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
Perhaps surprisingly, pain is not a common symptom of foot ulcers. That’s because most people who develop them have neuropathy, which is nerve damage that inhibits the affected area from feeling pain. Instead, the most common symptom of a diabetic ulcer is drainage in your socks. You may also notice swelling, redness, and a foul odor coming from the area.
How Do You Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
If you think you have a diabetic ulcer, it is essential you visit a podiatrist immediately. With the proper treatment, your doctor can reduce the risk of infection and amputation. The primary goal when treating a foot ulcer is to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Ultimately, the sooner the ulcer heals, the lower the risk of potential complications is.
The precise treatment will depend on the extent of the ulcer, but in general, there are several steps to helping it heal. This includes removing the surrounding dead tissue, dressing the ulcer, and managing your blood glucose levels to prevent further neuropathy and more ulcers from forming.
If your ulcer has become infected, treatment will also include antibiotics, wound care, and hospitalization, if necessary. Additionally, while the ulcer heals, you will need to clean the wound daily and avoid walking around barefoot.
If you think you have a diabetic ulcer, or a wound that just won’t heal, turn to Advanced Wound Care at Coryell Memorial in Gatesville, TX, for diagnosis and treatment. Call (254) 248-6204 to make an appointment today. Visit our website to learn more about the services our hospital and medical center provides.