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How Do You Prevent Leg Ulcers For Diabetics
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
Good habits. : Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dry your feet out more, cause cracking and chapping), wear supportive, protective shoes at all times, and above all, keep strict control of your blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar keeps your nerves healthy, and avoids ulcers and infections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Compression therapy: Weeping is a very common problem with patients that have leg ulcers. The goal is to get the ulcer to heal. Compression therapy and aggressive wound care is the key. Once the ulcer heals however the compression therapy has to continue to prevent swelling of the legs. Otherwise the ulcer will simply come back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Choose different ...: Grandparents. Unfortunately, your only real way to prevent varices is to change your heredity. At least 80% of the reason why people get varicose veins in because they inherit the tendency. So if your parents have varicose veins, you are pretty well stuck. Wearing compression stockings, avoiding prolonged standing, and exercise helps, but if you have varices, treat them. ...Read more
Leg ulcers.: An ulcer is an opening in the skin that looks like a hole. It can be large or small. Ulcers can be due to many reasons including diabetes, venous insufficiency and arterial insufficiency . The location of the ulcer often times suggest what the source of the ulcer is. Toe ulcers tend to be arterial or diabetic related and ankle ulcers tend to be venous. See a vascular surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 3 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
They sure can: It is more than whether you take Insulin or oral medications that makes the difference. It is more a consequence of having had diabetes for a prolonged period of time. While it can happen even with good control, it is more likely to happen with poor control of the blood sugar over time. The effects of diabetes on the circulation along with neuropathy and other changes makes one more prone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Simple treatment: Diabetes causes nerve injury.This means loss of sensation below the ankles.Foot deformity may occur. Poor sensation means injuries and problems advance before they are found and get worse quickly.Treatments include sugar control, keep the ulcer surface healthy and clean with debridements, moist wound dressings and absolutely keeping the ulcer away from any pressure. No antibiotics unless infected. ...Read more
Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Diabetic ulcers: Diabetes causes a condition known as microangiopathy. This is the clogging of microscopic blood vessels that feed skin and sub-cutaneous tissues. Therefore, if there is any pressure point on the foot, the blood flow is essentially cut off and the skin breaks down as the skin cells die from lack of blood flow. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: If there is infection, then antibiotics will be needed. Depending on cause of ulcer, treatments are different. Many leg ulcers are due to venous issues and may require compression and intervention on the improperly working vein. Special dressings such as a boot of unna may help heal a leg ulcer. Foot ulcers my be due to poor arterial circulation and wont heal until circulation is improved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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