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Can you tell me if there are any special bandages to help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Can you tell me if there are any special bandages to help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Yes: There are several topical dressings that have been shown to accelerate wound healing time. Seeing a vascular surgeon or a wound clinic would be in your best interest. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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


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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Yes: The only natural method for healing diabetic ulcers that I am aware of is good blood sugar control. However, most people require diabetic medications in addition to dietary changes. Another key is prevention. Since the nerve endings become damaged, they lose sensation, a natural protective mechanism. Wear properly fitting shoes that avoid pressure spots. Always protect your feet. ...Read more

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Can constant pressure help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Can constant pressure help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Diabetic foot ulcer: Do not use constant pressure on a diabetic foot ulcer. Your podiatrist or wound care professional needs to evaluate the ulcer and make recommendations. The standard of care for diabetic foot ulcers due to neuropathy is to offload the pressure from the wound, not to increase it! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with 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 more

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Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Yes: As long as there is enough blood flow (circulation) and the wound is protected and taken care of and there is no underlying infection of the surrounding bones, the chances of healing the ulcer are fairly good. Often the blood flow has to be improved, antibiotics are administered and protective footwear is worn. ...Read more

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Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Exercise diabeties: A diabetic ulcer is often on the bottom of feet so that exercise would not be what we encourage; quite the contrary, we spend great efforts with these types of ulcers to relieve pressure with casts and boots and special shoes. ...Read more

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If you have a diabetic ulcer the size of a quarter, what would the drs do to heal?

Simple answer: First, diabetic neuropathic ulcers only occur below the ankle. If yours is not there, it is not a diabetic ulcer. The key is to keep all pressure away from it, called offloading. It may need debridement (sharp cleaning) to keep only healthy tissue exposed to the dressings which should be every other to every third day. Watch for infection and keep the air away from it. A wound specialist helps. ...Read more

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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

Possibly: Or infection of the skin structures and bone can occur. See a wound specialist or a foot specialist that treats wounds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Meticulous control: Diabetic leg/foot ulcers occur for several reasons: nerve damage, (wounds don't hurt initially), poor artery supply, poor healing from elevated blood sugars. There is no simple way to prevent them except meticulous control of diabetes and diligent monitoring. If you get a wound go directly to your diabetic doc. Delay in presenting to the doc causes lots of problems. Be well. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more