Foot ulcers can be problematic to your overall foot health because they can lead to a variety of complications on the feet. It’s actually imperative for diabetics, in particular, to address open wounds on their feet with great care since they are more prone to such issues. Foot ulcers can originate from any type of wound in the skin and can worsen as pathogens enter the open wound. Ulcers are serious and can also result from a lack of blood flow. They can also result in numbness to the feet. It may sound crazy, but amputations are possible when ulcers are not treated swiftly and effectively. Diabetics are mentioned frequently when it comes to ulcers because they have the highest risk as they often do not feel wounds on their feet. By not realizing an ulcer is forming, lasting damage to the foot can result before it’s even discovered. Sometimes the foot is far beyond saving once an infection has developed into its later stages.
Treatment for this condition involves:
● Removing the infected skin from the ulcer.
● Reducing pressure around the ulcer.
● Using medications to help control blood sugar levels in diabetics.
● Reducing your weight if you are obese since doing so can help reduce the pressure placed on your feet.
● Cleaning your feet regularly.
● Using socks as much as possible.
● Getting plenty of exercise to help with circulation, increase blood flow to the feet, and increase healing as well.
● Skin grafts to defend against infection if the ulcer is deep.
● Oxygen therapy to assist with speeding up the healing process.
At Cange Podiatry Inc., located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, Maryland, our foot doctor, Darlyne Cange, DPM, has what it takes to treat your foot ulcers with the utmost care and will provide lasting results. So, please do not hesitate to contact us or make an appointment with our offices. Your feet will thank you for giving them the attention they deserve!