Q How does diabetes affect wound healing?
About 45% of the limb amputations that occur in the U.S are done on people with diabetes. Having diabetes significantly impacts how wounds are able to heal. A loss of sensation in your feet, called neuropathy, is a common factor in the development of ulcers and the healing process. When nerve damage diminishes your ability to detect small wounds, they can quickly become serious open sores such as ulcers. Not having the ability to feel pain, an ulcer can continue to get worse, especially if you are not taking diligent care of your feet on a daily basis.
High blood glucose levels can stiffen arteries which then constrict impair the amount of oxygen and nutrients that need to get to the wound. This highly compromises the healing process. When you have diabetes, it also common to have a weakened immune system. When it comes to ulcers, a weak immune has trouble fighting the infection.
Dr. Harvey Danciger, foot specialist in Palm Desert, CA is highly involved with each one of his patients with diabetes. To avoid ulcers in the first place, diligent foot care is essential. If you are suffering with a wound that is not healing, do not delay in seeking treatment to avoid what could be very serious complications. Make an appointment to have your foot health checked or to receive treatment for an ulcer that won’t heal. Call our podiatric office at (760) 568-0108.