Stop Diabetic Foot Ulcers Before They Start

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If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may know by now that foot ulcers are a frightening possibility. Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores that often form as result of other complications caused by diabetes. Foot ulcers may seem small at first, but, no matter their size, they always require immediate attention from a podiatrist. Left untreated, ulcers can cause infections and other complications that sometimes result in amputation. The good news is that diabetic foot ulcers are very preventable through at-home foot care. Let’s identify some diabetic-related causes of foot ulcers and discuss how you can lessen the effects of diabetes on your feet.

Beware of Neuropathy

Many diabetic patients report burning sensations or even numbness and weakness in their feet. This phenomenon is known as peripheral neuropathy. Since neuropathy creates numbness, you may not be alerted to a wound right away. If your podiatrist has confirmed you have neuropathy, you need to rely on your other senses to alert you of ulcer-causing threats. Be vigilant by:

  • Checking shoes for foreign objects before putting them on

  • Never walking barefoot outside

  • Always wear white socks so you can see the blood from a draining ulcer

Maximize Circulation

If you find that you’re having trouble getting relief from painful, swelling feet then you might be experiencing poor blood circulation to your feet. This is a common side effect of diabetes that may make it more difficult for your body to fight off infections. Ensuring that you’re allowing as much blood flow as possible in your feet will help prevent ulcers and help them heal more quickly in the event of one forming. Maximize your circulation by:

  • Avoiding tight-fitting shoes

  • Keeping feet warm but not hot

  • Discarding of socks with tight elastic bands

Talk to Your Podiatrist

The best way to prevent ulcers from forming is to develop a strong relationship with a podiatrist. Dr. David R. Sullivan, DPM, of Westfield Foot and Ankle is ready to work with you today and collaborate on solutions that fit easily into your lifestyle. Our office serves all of Hamilton County, Indiana including Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, and Zionsville. Make an appointment online or call (317) 896-6655 to discuss the best ways to avoid ulcers. And remember, if you’ve already developed an ulcer, it’s imperative that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible.