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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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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 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?

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?

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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Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Unfortunately yes: If you have a diabetic ulcer your risk of more goes up it indicates multiple problems that will need to be addressed to decrease the risk of more as well as protecting your circulation eyes and kidneys. ...Read more

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What is the the most recent treatement of diabetic foot ulcer?

What is the the most recent treatement of diabetic foot ulcer?

It's changing daily: It’s changing every day. Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. Better question is whats proven to work. ...Read more

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How bad is it to wet diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

Not bad: If you have an ulcer it is quite alright and recommended to let the ulcer get wet in the shower as long as it is dried and properly dressed after the shower. This will help keep the wound clean. ...Read more

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What should I do if I wet my diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

What should I do if I wet my diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

Change Dressing: Most foot ulcer dressings can be taken off before a shower / bath and the wound can be exposed to water / soap. After the shower / bath, the wound should be re-dressed per the original directions. ...Read more

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What is a stage 3 diabetic foot ulcer?

What is a stage 3 diabetic foot ulcer?

Diabetic Foot Ulcer: Well, what you mean i suppose is a wagner stage 3 ulceration since using the term 'stage" to describe an ulcer is reserved for pressure ulcers. A wagner staging is one of several, and probably the most common, ways of describing a certain stage of a diabetic foot ulcer. It means that there is an ulcer, tendon and or bone is exposed, and that there is evidence of either tendon or bone infection. ...Read more

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Is there any type of medical management for a stage 2 diabetic foot ulcer?

Is there any type of medical management for a stage 2 diabetic foot ulcer?

Diabetic foot ulcer: You need to see a specialist as soon as possible. Some suggestions include wound specialists, podiatrists, primary care physicians, etc. An ulceration in a diabetic in the foot requires attention. I am puzzled by your description of a 'stage 2' as this is not the way to classify these types of ulcerations -- that descriptor is reserved for pressure ulcer classification. ...Read more

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What is the best wound care for a necrotic diabetic foot ulcer?

What is the best wound care for a necrotic diabetic foot ulcer?

Team approach: Depends on what is meant by necrotic. Is there blood flow to the extremity or wound? If not, a vascular or interventional cardiologist need to increase the blood flow to the extremity. A podiatrist is needed to get any bony prominence resected and to offlaod the wound. An endocrinologist is needed to get the diabetes under control if out of control. ...Read more

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My diabetic foot ulcer have bad odur my doctor says i is infected , if it infected should they cut the foot?

My diabetic foot ulcer have bad odur my doctor says i is infected , if it infected should they  cut the foot?

You should ask: Your doctor for a referral to an advanced wound and hyperbaric medicine center, or just make the appointment yourself. These are significant but do not necesssarily require amputation. Go soon ...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