Can local application of insulin help with diabetic ulcers?

No. Blood sugar control is a body wide process. Even if local Insulin did help local areas around wounds the next beat of the heart would cary some Insulin away and bring more sugar in and the next beat and the next.....
No. No, Insulin works on muscle and fat to help sugars get absorbed. It won't have any effect topically.
No. Topically applied Insulin does not have a therapeutic effect on healing. However, good blood sugar control is essential in addition to offloading for healing a diabetic foot ulcer.

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Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?

Limited. The only natural way of increasing circulation is by exercising the part of the body involved, usually your legs. This would have to be done under close supervision of your doctor because the exercise can be very bad for you if done to excess. Following a diet routine that will help unclog the arteries involved would also be helpful.
Diet and excercise. Like anything else diet and exercise is foremost otherwise the rest of the recommendations won't work. Controlling your sugars is imperative. Smoking affects circulation so quitting is essential. Amino acid l-arginine has been researched but the jury is still out. Increasing vit b. May also be of benefit. Limit caffeine which causes constriction and massage therapy may help.
Circulation/diabetes. The best way to increase circulation is exercise. If there is a blockage or decrease in blood flow to the extremity, exercise while allowing her body to create new vessels around the blockages and thus increases the blood flow to the extremity.

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Yes. The only natural method for healing diabetic ulcers that I am aware of is good blood sugar control. However, most people require diabetic medications in addition to dietary changes. Another key is prevention. Since the nerve endings become damaged, they lose sensation, a natural protective mechanism. Wear properly fitting shoes that avoid pressure spots. Always protect your feet.
Not really.. Diabetic foot ulcers are complicated. The mantra for healing ulcers is removal of all non viable tissue, (the natural way would be maggot therapy) taking the pressure off the area, and keeping the area moist. New dressings used to help control infection have honey in it, but I wouldn't recommend smearing honey onto the ulcer. Controlling the sugars is imperative. I recommend seeing a professional.
Diabetic Foot Treat. Do not try to treat a diabetic foot infection with home remedies without at least having a professional observing as the consequences of an unsuccessful treatment can mean hospitalization, amputation or overwhelming sepsis and death. There are over 4000+ wound care products that are available so even among professionals, opinions vary. Attention to underlying causes of the ulceration are paramount.
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.
Natural diabetic ulc. Most of the time, diabetic ulcers are caused by pressure and sent some diabetics do not feel pain they continue to walk on areas of pressure. Simply offloading pressure from this area may help the ulcer heal very fast. There are some natural types of gels and honey products that are used however they are not natural as natural products themselves are not considered sterile.

What are some common consequences of having diabetic ulcers that would require hospitalization?

Infection, osteomyeli. Infection and cellulitis of the ulcer and osteomyelitis can require hospitalization for further treatment.
Infection. As long as you can keep the ulcer clean and non-infected home treatment with some assistance seems appropriate. If there is any unusual odor or discolored drainage on the bandage you need professional assistance for a possible infection.
The need for. Intravenous antibiotics, the need for a surgical procedure like drainage of an infection, the need for better monitoring of the patient i.E to control diabetes and care for the wound etc....
Infection. Most commonly would be an infection requiring IV antibiotics. Also may require surgical drainage or debridement of infection. If ulcer is due to poor circulation, you may need surgery to improve the blood flow. If not taken care of in a timely fashion, an infected ulcer can cause bacteria to get into your bloodstream causing you to feel sick (sepsis). Blood glucose may be abnormally elevated.

How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

Diabetic ulcers. The results from different studies vary so there are wide ranges. The annual incidence of ulcers in diabetics is 2.5 to just under 11%; the incidence of amputation is. 25% to 1.8%. http://clinicalevidence. Bmj. Com/ceweb/conditions/dia/0602/0602_background. Jsp.
Multiple factors. The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation. Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few.
Diabetic ulcer. Diabetic ulcers are usually seen the patient does have poor circulation and poor sensation. Amputation is usually seen either due to poor circulation in which no blood is getting down to the extremity or by infection which has spread and is no longer considered curable or treatable with IV antibiotics.

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

Possibly. Or infection of the skin structures and bone can occur. See a wound specialist or a foot specialist that treats wounds.
Could happen. Depending on where it is one could need an amputationto receive an answer that will be more helpful, you need to give more information...Your health status, any problems such as gout, diabetes or blood pressure concerns. You should state how long it has been a problem and what you do to make it feel better. Also tells us what it looks like. Is it discolored, swollen or point tender. The more you t.
Yes but... People with diabetes often develop foot ulcers which are open sores on the feet that go through the skin. This can lead to serious complication. Infection can lead to amputation. Poor circulation can lead to gangrene which will then need to go onto amputation. It's best to be seen by a professional and if need be referred to a wound care center.

Can mercurochrome be used for diabetic ulcers?

Mercurochrome. Isn't recommended any more since it doesn't really work as a topical antiseptic. Check w/your doctor for a full evaluation and other possibilities.
Mercurochrome. Is obsolete - there are many better products available now for wound care, including diabetic ulcers. See a wound care expert for a recommendation.

What is diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

Deep and Moist. Diabetic ulcers are usually deep and moist. Usually located at pressure points on the bottom of the foot. If infected they will drain smelly fluid. These are very serious and you should see a physician.
Many Possibilities. A diabetic ulcer occurs when there is loss of sensation below the ankles (neuropathy). This allows your feet to become injured without you knowing. There is really no specific appearance but rather, they simply occur as cracks in the skin, cracks in callus that result in skin tears below, and other wounds in that area resulting from loss of tissue. Healing occurs when you stay off the injured area.
Have it evaluated. 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.

What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

See Image. This image is an example of what (and commonly where) diabetic wounds occur. They generally have a thick rim of callus and are most usual on weightbearing surfaces.
Many different looks. Red, thin skin, open area, scaly, some callus tissue..
Broken skin. People with diabetes often develop foot ulcers which are open sores on the feet that go through the skin. This is a a serious complication and can lead to serious consequences such as amputation. If your not sure better to be safe then sorry and see a professional.
Ulcers. Ulcers take on many forms. You will see an open wound of some sort. Some may be covered with callus or thick scabs that need to be removed.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer. Any 'blemish' in the foot in a diabetic patient requires immediate attention by a health care professional. Do not delay! Contact you primary care physician, podiatrist, or local wound care center as soon as possible.
Varied. Diabetic ulcers are about as varied as rashes. They can begin under a thick nail as drainage. They can be a simple cut on the foot or scab. Or they can be a large open wound with infection. They also compass gangrene that appears as black or sometimes grayish/purplish discoloration to the toe. Have it checked out by a podiatrist immediately! They can diagnose and treat, or help prevent them.
Some may. Some may look similar if they are in the same location with similar depths.

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Circulation. Patients with diabetes develop numbness (neuropathy) in their feet which puts them at risk for getting wounds. Diabetes causes blockages in the small vessels of the feet causing poor circulation. In addition, diabetes affects the immune system and makes it less effective. Put together, diabetic patients are more likely to develop wounds and have a tougher time healing them.
Multiple issues. Healing of any wound requires good circulation, healthy tissues and proper nutrition. In diabetics we also think about neuropathy and pressure relief in addition to management of the blood sugars. Even if all but one of these issues is absolutely perfect the wound may still not heal. Please see a vascular surgeon or wound specialist for further evaluation.
Multiple factors. Multiple causes. Improper removal of all non viable tissue, inability to offload pressure from the area or excessive walking or standing. Infection and poor circulation can prevent healing. Poor sugar control. Poor nutrition, low blood proteins. Kidney status specifically dialysis. The list keeps going.
Many puzzle pieces. Offloading of diabetic foot ulcers, adequate circulation, good nutrition, blood sugar control, regular wound debridement by your physician, and local wound care are essential factors for wound healing. If any of these pieces of the puzzle are missing the final outcome may not be a pretty picture.
Many factors. The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care.