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Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
As long as there is enough blood flow (circulation) and the wound is protected and taken care of and there is no underlying infection of the surrounding bones, the chances of healing the ulcer are fairly good.
Often the blood flow has to be improved, antibiotics are administered and protective footwear is worn.

In brief: Yes
As long as there is enough blood flow (circulation) and the wound is protected and taken care of and there is no underlying infection of the surrounding bones, the chances of healing the ulcer are fairly good.
Often the blood flow has to be improved, antibiotics are administered and protective footwear is worn.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
The ulcer typically occurs due to a minor injury or pressure.
Having neuropathy some diabetics can not feel the pain and so the injury continues to happen. Healing is as much related to identification of the ongoing injury as it i making sure that there is circulation in the foot to heal the wounds. This is a very complex problem and requires involvement of multiple specialists to achieve success.

In brief: Sometimes
The ulcer typically occurs due to a minor injury or pressure.
Having neuropathy some diabetics can not feel the pain and so the injury continues to happen. Healing is as much related to identification of the ongoing injury as it i making sure that there is circulation in the foot to heal the wounds. This is a very complex problem and requires involvement of multiple specialists to achieve success.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: No
See podiatrist. Control blood sugar.
Don't treat by yourself. You are at risk for amputation.

In brief: No
See podiatrist. Control blood sugar.
Don't treat by yourself. You are at risk for amputation.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
In brief: Maybe...
Diabetic ulcers are generally caused by damage to the small blood vessels of the foot.
Poor circulation prevents even minor trauma from healing-even just pressure- and promotes infection. If you are a smoker, stopping this can help greatly along with a strong wound care regimen and quality footwear. Not reversing the causes, though, it is unlikely to heal well.

In brief: Maybe...
Diabetic ulcers are generally caused by damage to the small blood vessels of the foot.
Poor circulation prevents even minor trauma from healing-even just pressure- and promotes infection. If you are a smoker, stopping this can help greatly along with a strong wound care regimen and quality footwear. Not reversing the causes, though, it is unlikely to heal well.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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