How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Other Wounds on the Feet

How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Other Wounds on the Feet

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It’s a routine to check blood sugar levels and track body changes as someone with diabetes. Even the best management pose issues with one’s feet.

15 – 25% of diabetics develop foot ulcers.

Ulcers increase the chance of infection proving fatal if untreated. Ulcers are also one of the primary reasons for amputation for diabetics.

This article will share how to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.

What to Know about Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Understanding the causation and risks of foot ulcers begins the prevention routine. Recurring foot ulcers are not uncommon. One’s commitment to diabetic foot care will reduce amputation and mortality rates.

Note: Always consult medical practitioners before adopting care management.

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Stages

Unchecked diabetes and lifestyle routines cause the early formation of foot ulcers. Ulcers are not typically noticeable when forming below fatty layers.

Pressure builds causing skin deterioration leading to sores prone to infections.

Stages include:

  1. Risk
  2. Present (No Infection)
  3. Deep
  4. Extensive

Advanced stages of foot ulcers cause:

  • Cellulitis – A bacterial skin infection
  • Osteomyelitis – A bone infection
  • Gangrene – Decaying or dead tissue

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Drainage from the wound
  • Swelling and firmness
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Discoloration
  • Chills and fevers

How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot care begins with the willingness to seek treatment.

Stubbornness accounts 1/5th of why many forgo medical examinations and treatment. With 29-million U.S. diabetics and a fifth in danger of developing ulcers, now’s not the time to hope for the best.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check Regularly: Check feet daily for scrapes, cuts, and wounds. Prod the area feeling for discomfort and stiffness. Ask a family member to check or verify concerns.
  • Maintain Blood Glucose: Keep up with the diabetic routine. Check glucose levels daily and adjusting accordingly. Keep a journal detailing routines and concerns for yourself and medical professionals.
  • Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: These two limits blood circulation and increase blood pressure. Seek over-the-counter or medicinal quitting aids.
  • Better Hygiene: Practice better cleaning routines especially with feet. Wash daily, extensively, and dry the area thoroughly. Use moisturizer to prevent lesions from cracked skin. Hygiene includes proper nail care, too.
  • Diabetic Aids: Buy and use diabetic-friendly footwear and socks. These items lessen foot/leg pressure and promote healthier circulation.
  • Slow Down: Practice mobility mindfulness helping to avoid overexertion and mishaps. Pace yourself. Invest in mobility aids to lessen foot pressure.
  • Corn/Callus Removal: Husky, dry buildups are prone to cracks. Seek podiatry services to remove corns and calluses.
  • Ointments: Medicinal or over-the-counter ointments and antibiotics applied at first signs are beneficial.

Diabetics are encouraged to practice regular checkups. This includes examinations to identify circulatory problems and other ulcer signs.

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