Non-Healing Diabetic Wounds

Foot ulcers and non-healing wounds are common issues for people with uncontrolled diabetes. Good foot care is important for anyone with diabetes because uncontrolled blood sugar levels can damage the nerves and blood vessels in hands and feet. As a result, you may lose the feeling in your feet, which means you might not notice or feel injuries.

Cuts and sores can then develop and become infected and are often difficult to heal. A wound that won’t heal can lead to a serious infection or gangrene, which can require amputation of toes or even the foot.

Diabetic foot ulcers and non-healing wounds are most commonly caused by:

  • High blood sugar
  • Irritated or wounded feet
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor circulation

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Regular foot care is crucial to preventing foot ulcers or finding them early when they are most treatable. Symptoms of foot ulcers, include:

  • Drainage from foot that stains socks of shoe.
  • Odor
  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Swelling

If your foot ulcer is caught early, it is usually treatable. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more risk you have of developing an infection. Untreatable infections can lead to amputation of the toes or foot. Once an ulcer has healed, preventive foot care reduces the risk of an ulcer returning.

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