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What Is Foot Ulcers
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Visual inspection: The best way is visual inspection. If you have any concerns for ulceration, check your own feet. This is of particular importance in patients with peripheral neuropathy as is seen in diabetics. Regaular inspection is important. Look for skin cracking, thinning, hot or warm areas, redness and swelling, blood, and toe nail problems. Any questions, see your pcp or specialist. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Depends on the cause: There are various causes for foot ulcers including: poor circulation, venous stasis, diabetic neuropathy. Ulcers caused by poor circulation may need the help of a vascular surgeon. Ulcers caused by edema/leg swelling require compression. Diabetic ulcers required eliminating the pressure on the wounds. ...Read moreSee 4 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
Assuming the ulcers: Are on the bottom of the foot, part of the treatment needs to be removing pressure from the ulcer(s), also known as offloading. Under some circumstances, something can be put into regular shoes with an accommodation, but if the ulcer(s) are big and bad enough, a more aggressive form of offloading is needed. This can range from a special surgical shoe to a total contact cast. ...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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Multiple remedies: 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. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Poor circulation or clots can certainly cause an ulcer. However people with neuropathy, who have little or no sensation on the feet are also very prone to ulcers: especially is any part of the foot is under a learge amount of pressure. Trauma and infection as well as pressure sores can also cause ulcers. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Need to see it: There are too many products to suggest any without seeing your wound and knowing your health history, and the response to previous treatments. You would be best served going to a wound center that has a podiatrist. They have all the latest and best technology to treat you. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rest: If you have an ulcer to your foot, you should try to stay off of the area/ulcer as much as possible. For the itching itself, try some lanocaine, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Remember that itching can be a sign of healing. If unsure, contact your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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