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What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

Many possibilities: A diabetic foot ulcer is best diagnosed with a physical exam. Your physician will ask you to remove your shoes in order to inspect your feet. They will look for redness, calluses, bruising, blistering, swelling, and for open sores. Sometimes the ulcer may be hidden and will be discovered following the debridement of calluses or the deroofing of blisters. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Can docs explain what does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

Can docs explain what does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

The start can vary: A diabetic foot ulcer is best diagnosed with a physical exam. Your physician will ask you to remove your shoes in order to inspect your feet. They will look for redness, calluses, bruising, blistering, swelling, and for open sores. Sometimes the ulcer may be hidden and will be discovered following the debridement of calluses or the deroofing of blisters. ...Read more

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How is a diabetic foot ulcer best treated?

Depends on site: This is dependent on many factors: locations, depth, involvement of deeper structures, underlying deformity, present medical status, actual cause (not all ulcers in diabetics are diabetic related) and compliance of the patient. ...Read more

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How do you correctly clean & debride a diabetic foot ulcer?

How do you correctly clean & debride a diabetic foot ulcer?

Rx Diabetic Ulcer: There are two main causes of diabetic foot ulcers: neuropathy and arterial. These have different forms of treatment. Unfortunately, both can be involved in the same ulceration so attention by a trained health professional is vital. Contact your primary care physician, wound center, or podiatrist for further workup and attention. They will be the ones to debride the wound and instruct on cleaning. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a diabetic foot ulcer to develop?

How long does it usually take for a diabetic foot ulcer to develop?

Multiple factors: It can hours to days - multiple risk factors lead to ulcers and amputation, pressure, neuropathy and trauma are the major risk factors. The amount of each of those determines time frame. Poor circulation and foot deformities among other things which have a role in time frame. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a shower/bath with a diabetic foot ulcer bandage on?

Is it okay to take a shower/bath with a diabetic foot ulcer bandage on?

Don't wet dressings: It is not okay to take a bath/shower with a bandage covering a wound. Tap water is not sterile. If it comes in contact with the wound, an infection could occur. Also, the dressing would stay wet, causing maceration of the skin. Maceration is thickening, softening , and whitening of the skin. As a result, more skin could break down. Ask your doctor to clean your foot during dressing changes. ...Read more

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I have pad and a diabetic foot ulcer, I have been taking percocet 10mg/325. What else can I do to help?

I have pad and a diabetic foot ulcer, I have been taking percocet 10mg/325. What else can I do to help?

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. The Percocet is only for pain, it will not help to heal the ulcer. ...Read more

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I have pad and a diabetic foot ulcer, I have been taking percocet 10mg/325 but it does not relieve the pain very long, what type of pain medication and how many mg will help me stay pain free through the day?

I have pad and a diabetic foot ulcer, I have been taking percocet 10mg/325 but it does not relieve the pain very long, what type of pain medication and how many mg will help me stay pain free through the day?

Serious problem: You have a serious problem my friend. It is bad enough to have diabetes with a foot ulcer. And now you have pad. That pain you feel is from the pad. There may be no amount of pain medication that will relieve your pain. The pain is from a lack of oxygen to your foot. This needs to be evaluated and perhaps corrected asap by a vascular surgeon. It will help the pain and help you heal. ...Read more

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Can a silver sulphadiazine topical be used for a diabetic foot ulcer?

Silver dressings: Yes, this medication is a safe prescription medication used as one of an armamentarium in treating a diabetic foot ulcer. All foot ulcers should be seen by a health care professional as the consequences of a self-treatment failure can be muscle, tendon or bone infection; amputation; hospitalization; or sepsis and death. Do treat this condition by yourself! ...Read more

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Are there any sprays or creams i can use to cure a diabetic foot ulcer?

No: There is no spray or cream that will cure an ulcer. The cause of ulcer must be determined, whether it is circulatory, excessive pressure, infection etc. ...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


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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good ...Read more