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Any Circulation Diabetic Ulcers
Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?
Limited: The only natural way of increasing circulation is by exercising the part of the body involved, usually your legs. This would have to be done under close supervision of your doctor because the exercise can be very bad for you if done to excess. Following a diet routine that will help unclog the arteries involved would also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetic ulcers are sores that develop in people who have advanced diabetes. Most often the sores develop on the feet, but they can be located anywhere on the body that bears weight or pressure. Diabetes causes damage to small blood vessels of the skin, making the skin more ...Read more
Diabetic Ulcers: Lack of feeling in your toes or feet. Not being aware of the cold. Being unsteady on your feet. Sores or open wounds on your feet. These typically start with areas of redness which are surrounded by thick callous formation. Podiatric management of the callous may help to minimize the exacerbation of the sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infection: Most commonly would be an infection requiring IV antibiotics. Also may require surgical drainage or debridement of infection. If ulcer is due to poor circulation, you may need surgery to improve the blood flow. If not taken care of in a timely fashion, an infected ulcer can cause bacteria to get into your bloodstream causing you to feel sick (sepsis). Blood glucose may be abnormally elevated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple factors: The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation. Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?
Diabetic ulcers: There are multiple concurrent causes of an ulcer in a diabetic that include: nerve problems, blood supply problems, and healing issues. With blood supply problems they can be macrovascular (large vessels) and or microvascular (microscopic vessels). Either or both can be a factor in the complications and cause of ulcers associated with diabetics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose diabetic ulcers and follow it after treatment.?
Not easy: Keys are changing weight-bearing, good wound care, absolute nicotine avoidance, good glucose control, verifying good circulation or improving it, if possible. Special shoes to get your weight off the ulcers is best use of money ($4-500). Wound care can be relatively simple with silvadene cream. Doctor can feel pulses in feet = no vascular work up needed. Avoid regranex, dermagraft, appligraf, hbo. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mom has these sores that look like diabetic ulcers on her feet, but she's not a diabetic. What could they be?
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