Q How do you treat diabetic foot ulcers?
When you have diabetes, proper treatment of any foot problems is crucial to maintain foot health. There are about 25 million Americans who have diabetes and around 15% will deal with foot ulcers.
A diabetic foot ulcer is very serious as it can lead to infection and amputation if not properly cared for. Ulcers can drastically affect a patient’s life, especially when they are non-healing. Thankfully there are many effective treatments available that promote healing and decrease the risk of further injury.
Debridement is when dead skin and tissue is removed from around the ulcer to be able to see it and treat it. Sometimes foot ulcers are a result of too much pressure. Wearing special shoes, braces or a cast to take the pressure off the ulcer may be needed.
One advanced treatment involves skin substitutes where tissues are placed over the wounds to help the growth of healthy skin. Plastic surgery using grafting techniques has been very effective with many patients.
The patient has a responsibility in aiding the treatment process as well. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels, keeping the wound clean and bandaged staying off of the foot as much as possible are all important steps in the healing process.
Proper diabetic foot care is absolutely essential to prevent serious complications. Take the first step toward foot health by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA.