Don’t Let A Diabetic Foot Ulcer Turn Into An Amputation

🦶We review diabetic foot ulcer and venous ulcer wound care, wound prevention & home treatment🦶

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A diabetic foot ulcer is a common complication of diabetes that affects the feet. A chronic wound develops due to a combination of factors, including poor circulation, nerve damage (neuropathy), and impaired wound healing associated with diabetes.

Prevention is critical in managing diabetic foot ulcers. Some preventive measures include:

Regular foot inspections: Check your feet daily for signs of redness, blisters, calluses, or other abnormalities.
Good foot hygiene: Wash your feet daily with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry them thoroughly, paying attention to the areas between the toes.
Moisturizing: Apply a moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated, but avoid applying it between the toes to prevent excessive moisture buildup.
Proper footwear: Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning, and consider using custom-made shoes or inserts if necessary.
Regular medical check-ups: Regularly visit your healthcare provider for foot examinations and screenings to identify potential issues early on.

The treatment of diabetic foot ulcers typically involves a multidisciplinary approach and may include the following:

Wound care: Cleaning the ulcer, removing dead tissue (debridement), and applying appropriate dressings to promote healing and prevent infection.
Offloading pressure: Using special shoes, braces, casts, or other devices to relieve stress from the affected area and facilitate healing.
Infection control: Administering antibiotics if an infection is present or suspected.
Blood sugar control: Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels promotes healing and prevents further complications.
Vascular assessment: Evaluating blood flow to the feet and addressing any underlying peripheral artery disease or circulation issues.
Education and foot care: Education on proper foot care, including daily inspection, hygiene, and appropriate footwear.
Surgical interventions: In severe cases or when conservative measures fail, surgical options such as skin grafts, tissue flaps, or wound closure may be considered.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and Foot & Ankle Surgery separately. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best to not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.