Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to many complications. One of these potential complications is the development of diabetic ulcers. When this happens, professional wound care is necessary to prevent further complications. The team at Advanced Foot Care in Southaven and Senatobia, Mississippi, and West Memphis, Arkansas, have extensive experience providing their patients with diabetic ulcer care. Call or use the online feature today to schedule your first appointment.
Diabetes is a very common medical condition, affecting millions of Americans. If you suffer from diabetes, getting proper medical care and maintaining normal blood sugar levels can improve your health. For many people, though, more serious complications can develop. Diabetic ulcers are one of these complications.
A diabetic ulcer is an open wound or sore that shows up most commonly on the bottom of your foot. Roughly 15% of people with diabetes develop this kind of an ulcer, and of those, about 6% wind up hospitalized. So it’s very important to seek proper medical care to treat the diabetic ulcer.
Anybody that has diabetes can develop a diabetic foot ulcer. Certain things, though, make it more likely that you’ll develop an ulcer, including:
Regardless of your risk factors, the ulcer forms due to a combination of factors. Many people with diabetes experience nerve damage, poor circulation, and foot deformities. These conditions affect the health of your feet and can lead to the development of an ulcer.
Vascular disease can also complicate a foot ulcer and make it more difficult to treat, as can elevated blood sugar levels.
Treatment is focused on healing the ulcer as quickly as possible to prevent an infection from developing.
This includes taking the pressure off of the ulcer area, debriding it (removing damaged and dead skin), professionally applying medication and wound dressings, and effectively managing your blood sugar levels.
It is very important to prevent an infection that can lead to hospitalization and even foot amputation. The team at Advanced Wound Care works with you to keep the ulcer clean and properly bandaged to avoid infection and promote healing.
To learn more about diabetic ulcers and how you can get the proper care that you need, call today or use the online booking feature to make your first appointment with the team at Advanced Wound Care.