Foot ulcers are a serious problem for many. They can be painful and inconvenient, even severely debilitating. People with diabetes are especially susceptible to ulcers on their feet because of the insulin imbalances and the resulting lowered blood flow that reduces the ability to heal wounds. When a wound forms on the foot and diabetics do not realize it is there, it can eventually lead to an ulcer, and if necessary, amputation of their foot if proper precautions are not followed.
Ways to prevent a potential amputation include having a podiatrist remove the skin of the ulcer and decrease pressure at the same location. Medications can be used to control any resulting infections. Others who may be at an increased risk for developing ulcers include those who drink large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis, smoke tobacco products, and have vascular complications. The ulcers generally appear on the bottom of the foot and have the potential to become infected. They can lead to serious consequences, which is why immediate, medical treatment is necessary.
The following are ways you can help manage and treat your ulcers:
● You should keep your ulcer dry as much as possible and cover it with bandaging to prevent any infections.
● Manage your blood sugar level with the help of your doctor to help promote increased blood flow to the feet.
● Wash the affected foot frequently and apply medicated creams when applicable.
● Do not walk for long periods of time if you have an ulcer as it can cause it to get worse.
● Shoe choice is huge! They should be wide, made of soft materials and with supportive padding. Extra padding can help to alleviate the pain from ulcers.
At Cange Podiatry Inc., located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, Maryland, our foot doctor, Darlyne Cange, DPM, can provide effective treatments that can attack ulcers head on! So, please do not wait any longer to make an appointment at one of our offices so that your feet can gain the upper hand to fight the ulcers.