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Can You Tell Me If There Are Any Special Bandages To Help A Diabetic Ulcer Heal
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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