Podiatrists are specialized to treat all foot and ankle problems. Their priority is to prvent pain, injuries, and complications. This is why podiatrists are experts at diabetic foot care. Diabetic ulcers and wounds are a complication that can result from improper diabetic management. Diabetic foot care is essential to maintaining healthy and safe feet as a diabetic.
Diabetes patients with neuropathy may experience a loss of sensation in their feet and legs due to nerve damage brought on by high blood sugar levels. People with this neuropathy may find it difficult to recognize tiny wounds or pressure sites that could later turn into ulcers.
Diabetes can cause blood arteries to narrow and stiffen, limiting the amount of blood that reaches the extremities. The body's capacity to heal is hampered by poor circulation, which raises the possibility of ulcer development.
Immune system impairment: Diabetes makes it harder for the immune system to combat infections. The probability of developing an ulcer rises when a minor injury occurs because the body's capacity to ward against infection and aid healing is weakened.
A number of variables, including neuropathy, poor circulation, weakened immune system, and pressure points, contribute to the development of diabetic ulcers. Careful wound management, infection control, pressure relief, blood sugar regulation, and occasionally more complex interventions are all part of the treatment process. The management and prevention of diabetic ulcers depend heavily on patient education and a holistic approach to care.
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.