Foot Wound Care

Diabetes-related wounds are frequently present in people with the disease for a variety of reasons. The feet and lower legs are where these wounds commonly show up. The main contributors to these wounds are:

  • High blood sugar levels harm nerves, causing neuropathy, which reduces sensation in the feet and legs. This nerve damage can cause injuries that go untreated and turn into wounds.
  • Diabetes causes blood arteries to constrict, reducing blood flow to the extremities, which is known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Circulation problems make wounds more likely to heal slowly.
  • Immune system weakness; diabetes makes the immune system less strong, making it less able to fight infections. Smaller wounds are more susceptible to infection.
  • Friction and pressure; poorly fitted shoes and pressure points can lead to calluses and sores that are vulnerable to developing ulcers.

Our team at Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center are experts at treating diabetic ulcers and wound care. 

Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.