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Advice for Sufferers of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

When implementing tips for your Diabetic foot ulcers, it is beneficial to also understand foot ulcers themselves. An ulcer is an non-healing or improperly healed break in the skin. When left untreated, these ulcers can can worsen, get infected, and in sever cases may lead to amputation. Although ulcers can occur anywhere on the body, diabetics’ feet are especially susceptible. At the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic, we are dedicated to helping you heal quickly and properly so that you can get back on your feet.

Proper Healing is Key for Diabetic Foot

This may seem to go without saying, but proper healing is key. Do not try to home-remedy an ulcer that is meant to be cared for by professionals. If your ulcer is taking 10 days or more to heal, you should already have an appointment to see a specialist as soon as possible.

Don’t Wait to Seek Our Professionals

Some ulcer sufferers wait too long to seek medical help, prolonging the healing process. This not only adds unnecessary pain for you and your feet to deal with, waiting also worsens the ulcers themselves. If your ulcer is taking more than a week to heal, come see our compassionate, experienced doctors immediately! You do not want an irritated ulcer to turn into an amputation (in extreme cases).

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Preventative Measures Could Save Your Feet!

Know what caused your ulcers, be it from a lack in general diabetes upkeep, pressure or neuropathy. Neuropathy is the complete loss of sensation, which can occur with uncontrolled diabetes. Identifying the source will indicate what you should focus on in the future, in order to better prevent another diabetic foot ulcer from forming.

Inspect Your Feet Every Day

This may not seem really effective but inspecting your feet every single day can protect you from many dangerous conditions.

It’s because nerve damage during diabetes makes it hard for patients to feel pain, which means even if you have developed a wound you won’t know about it.

It will start getting worse and worse and by the time you notice it, it will be so late.

Therefore check your feet every day for any sores or injury, if you can’t do it on your own then ask someone for help.

Untreated or unnoticed wounds can cause infections and can become a reason of amputation.

Never Stay Barefoot

It doesn’t matter where you go, it’s important to remember that you must never remain barefoot!

There can be many sharp objects like glasses and needles that can cause small injuries which may turn into large wounds!

But wearing shoes or sandals can protect you from such hazards.

Furthermore, make sure to never stay barefoot in moist areas too, that’s where the most infection causing bacteria live!

Lastly, you must wear footwear at home too! Why? Because for diabetic patients even a small cut is enough make you a candidate of amputation.

Wash Your Feet Daily

When you inspect your feet make sure to wash your feet too. This will help you get rid of bacteria and germs from your feet and prevent risk of any kind of infection.

Once you are finished do not forget to properly dry your feet with towel.

Dry the place between your toes. If your feet remains wet or has a lot of moisture then infection can arise.

Wear Proper Shoes

Not all type of shoes are right for diabetic patients. For example, if your shoes are too tight then they can reduce blood flow in your feet and increase chances of neuropathy.

Old shoes can be a problem too, you can ask your doctor about proper shoes if you can’t choose the right shoe for yourself.

How can someone with diabetes manage foot ulcers during travel?

Managing foot ulcers during travel can be challenging, but here are some tips to help:

  1. Plan Ahead: Before you travel, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure your foot ulcers are stable for travel. Discuss any special precautions or supplies you may need.
  2. Pack Supplies: Pack enough wound dressings, medications, and any other supplies you use for ulcer care. Consider carrying extras in case of unexpected delays.
  3. Wear Comfortable Shoes: Choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes that protect your feet. Avoid new shoes that might cause blisters or irritation.
  4. Check Feet Regularly: Inspect your feet daily for any signs of redness, swelling, or new ulcers. If you notice any issues, seek medical attention promptly.
  5. Keep Feet Clean and Dry: Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes, to prevent fungal infections.
  6. Moisturize: Use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and prevent cracking, but avoid applying it between the toes.
  7. Stay Active: Move and stretch your legs and feet regularly, especially during long periods of sitting. This can help improve circulation.
  8. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and reduce the risk of dry, cracked skin.

Should someone with diabetic foot ulcers avoid certain activities or sports?

Yes, someone with diabetic foot ulcers should generally avoid activities or sports that can put excessive pressure or friction on the feet, as this can worsen the ulcers or delay healing. Activities that involve running, jumping, or prolonged standing may increase the risk of injury to the feet. It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider before engaging in any physical activity to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your condition. Low-impact activities like swimming or cycling may be better options for exercise while managing foot ulcers.

At the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic, we are focused on helping you heal quickly and properly so that you can get back on your feet. Contact us today by calling (878)313-3338 to learn more, or to schedule an appointment. For gentle, fast relief from all kinds of foot pain, trust in the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic!