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Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Yes: If cause of ulcer is properly addressed and there is adequate circulation, absence of infection, adequate health/nutrition as well as proper offloading /eliminating excessive pressure on area. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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What causes foot ulcers in diabetics?

What causes foot ulcers in diabetics?

Foot ulcers: Diabetes causes a condition known as microangiopathy. This is where the microscopic blood vessels become clogged and do not deliver blood to the skin and sub-cutaneous tissue. The decrease in available bloodflow causes these ulcers (wounds) that are very difficult to heal. ...Read more

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In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?

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 more

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Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

Any ideas why does diabetes cause diabetic retinopathy?

High glucose damage.: The exact mechanism by which diabetes causes retinopathy remains unclear. Several theories have been proposed. Increased levels of blood glucose are thought to damage the structural and functional integrity of the retinal capillaries, predisposing to sluggish circulation, endothelial damage, and focal capillary occlusion. This leads to retinal ischemia, which contributes to the development of dr. ...Read more

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How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

Very: This is very common especially in diabetics with neuropathy. Since they have no feeling in their feet, they are prone to break down. Proper shoe wear and seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis is a must! ...Read more

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What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Many factors: The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care. ...Read more

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Are foot ulcers from poor circulation?

Are foot ulcers from poor circulation?

Sometimes: Poor circulation or clots can certainly cause an ulcer. However people with neuropathy, who have little or no sensation on the feet are also very prone to ulcers: especially is any part of the foot is under a learge amount of pressure. Trauma and infection as well as pressure sores can also cause ulcers. ...Read more

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Can there be some method of healing diabetic foot ulcers. ?

Can there be some method of healing diabetic foot ulcers. ?

Multifactorial: Offloading of diabetic foot ulcers, good nutrition, gycemic control, regular wound debridement by your physician, and local wound care are essential factors in improving the healing rate. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Yes, but less often: Add regular low impact cardio exercise to further decrease chances of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (dpn). ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

Many causes: Venous disease of the legs, severe infection rare (necrotising fasciitis, aids), auto immune (vasculitis, bullous pemphigoid, pyoderma gangrenosum), unrelieved pressure, arterial disease, poor protein intake, dialysis (calciphylaxis), lipodermatosclerosis, skin cancer, injected drug abuse (methamphetamine), and many less comon causes. ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

Wounds and diseases: These are too numerous to list all of them. The most common cause of lower extremity wounds is hypertension of the veins -- venous hypertension. This is due to a problem with the blood flow in the veins as the blood tries to return to the heart. ...Read more

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Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is one of the major causes for atherosclerosis which can affect lower extremities and if left untreated will lead to severe occlusions and gangrene. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

Diabetic neuropathy: Yes, diabetic neuropathy can happen with managed blood sugar. However, the incident is less and so is the severity. ...Read more

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Have neuropathy. Not diabetic. Other causes?

Have neuropathy. Not diabetic. Other causes?

Causes of neuropathy: Other common causes of neuropathy are vitamin B12 deficiency and alcohol effects. There are also causes from proteins (tested with SPEP), heavy metals (tested in the urine), conditions like lupus, infections, medication side effects, inherited disorders, etc. ...Read more

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Can dehydration increase the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy? Thanks!

Can dehydration increase the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?  Thanks!

All stressors bad: Peripheral neuropathies (pn) are a progressive disorder. Stressors are usually metabolic and a worsening of the underlying cause for pn, so dehydration can be a temporary stressor. ...Read more

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A1c 5.8 is this diabetic or prediabetic?

A1c 5.8 is this diabetic or prediabetic?

HbA1c DM or not?: 51F: A1c 5.8 is this diabetic or prediabetic? ANS: ADA says A1C level ?6.5 percent ( done 2 x) can be used to diagnose diabetes, &, identified 5.7 to 6.4 percent, confirmed with a repeat A1C measurement, as increased risk for developing diabetes. So repeat & check with your Dr who knows you best. Some conditions can lead to false test results. ...Read more

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Can diabetics have any sugar?

Can diabetics have any sugar?

Yes: Consult a certified dietician to find out which foods, sugars and starches, you can eat. ...Read more

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Diabetic Ulcers (Definition)

Wound on lower extremity in a patient with diabetes as the skin integrity is lacking May be associated with vascular disease If concerned about bacteria in wound usually there are more than one bacteria at play Often cuts as a result of the walking surface of the foot doesn't ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more