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My mom is a diabetic and has ulcers on her feet. Will she need special care?

My mom is a diabetic and has ulcers on her feet. Will she need special care?

Ulcers: Absolutely! seek medical attention at your earliest convenience. Ulceration can lead to infection and amputation if not treated. ...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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My mom has these sores that look like diabetic ulcers on her feet, but she's not a diabetic. What could they be?

My mom has these sores that look like diabetic ulcers on her feet, but she's not a diabetic. What could they be?

Depends: There are many different types of sores. Your mother could possibly be an undiagnosed diabetic. Have the sores evaluated. As long as they are healing the type of wound does not matter so much. ...Read more

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My mom, 50 yrs old, (no diabetes), have old wound (10 y) on both side foot, some doctor diagnosis as venous ulcer, . Is there a medicine to cure it?

My mom,  50 yrs old, (no diabetes), have old wound (10 y) on both side foot, some doctor diagnosis as venous ulcer, .  Is there a medicine to cure it?

No medicine: The best treatment is compression but see a wound specialist as it is necessary to be sure the arterial flow is adequate to support compression first. ...Read more

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60 yrs old mom has varicose veins since 20 yrs and now ulcers for 5 yrs on one leg. No diabetes and now laser surgery failed. Please help.

60 yrs old mom has varicose veins since 20 yrs and now ulcers for 5 yrs on one leg. No diabetes and now laser surgery failed. Please help.

Fail vein procedure: With ulcers for 5 years, and varicosities for 20 years your mom is advanced and likely has pretty high venous pressures. A failure of vein intervention is disappointing, however failures do occur with a certain frequency. At this point she needs compression stockings, wound care to get the ulcer healed, a repeat vein ultrasound and then a second vein intervention. Okay to ask for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

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 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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Do people who are taking insulin for diabetes get foot ulcers?

Do people who are taking insulin for diabetes get foot ulcers?

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 more

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Why do people who are taking insulin for diabetes get foot ulcers?

Why do people who are taking insulin for diabetes get foot ulcers?

Several reasons: Diabetics may develop neuropathy, decreased sensation to the skin, which means they are unaware if they step on a thorn or if their shoes are creating a blister on their foot. Nerve damage can lead to bony changes that create abnormal pressure points on the foot. Diabetics also tend to develop small vessel arterial disease, which results in decreased perfusion to the skin and slower wound healing. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy to treat a diabetic ulcer on the bottom of a foot?

What is the best home remedy to treat a diabetic ulcer on the bottom of a foot?

See a professional: Do not try to treat a diabetic foot ulcer without a professional evaluation advice. Successful treatment of diabetic foot ulcers requires the presence of adequate circulation, professional wound debridement, offloading, and infection control. Seek professional assistance. ...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