A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound commonly located on the bottom of the foot.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes develop diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime.
A number of factors can cause diabetic foot ulcer, although current research has also shown that it is preventable with lifestyle changes and proper care of the nail and skin around the feet. In cases where a diabetic foot ulcer has occurred, however, early detection and care is key to
prevent further degradation of the tissue which could lead to amputation.
Here are five ways to care for your diabetic foot:
1. Keep the ulcer clean and bandaged. A diabetic foot ulcer only gets worse if it becomes infected. It is important to keep the wound clean and covered to prevent any infections that could delay healing or worse, lead to further damage to the foot. Cleanse the wound daily using normal saline solution and keep it covered with a wound dressing or bandage.
2. Avoid walking barefoot, even at home. People with diabetic foot suffer from neuropathy which will make it difficult to feel pain in the feet. It is important to keep your feet protected at all times. Walking barefoot is comfortable, but not advisable. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and/or socks.
3. Keep your feet clean and dry, especially in the space between your toes. Always make sure to properly dry your feet and toes after a shower as moisture can lead to infection of the ulcer.
4. Regular exercise and walking is important as it helps to stimulate blood flow to speed up the healing of your diabetic foot. However, try not to stand for too long as this could put too much pressure on the already damaged nerve endings in your foot. Also avoid exercise
positions that cause you to cross your legs as this could prevent blood flow to the foot. However, make sure to check with your doctor first before beginning any exercise routine.
5. Examine your feet regularly and seek professional help and guidance. Proper care and management of diabetic foot ulcer is a collective effort. Make sure to speak to your doctor and seek the services of a podiatrist for regular check up of the wound and providing other helpful instructions on how to properly care for your diabetic foot.
While a diabetic foot ulcer is a serious condition, it does not always result in an amputation.
With proper cleaning and care of the wound, regular exercise and wearing of appropriate footwear and socks, and examination by a doctor or medical professional, it is very possible to manage your diabetic foot ulcer and even prevent it altogether.
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