If you have diabetes you know how the disease can have a big impact on everyday life. The disease can cause poor blood circulation and nerve damage. When combining both of these problems, foot health becomes a big concern because your feet are the farthest body part away from your heart. When it comes to an ulcer on the foot, you must take special care of the wound.
A foot ulcer is a sore that is caused by excessive and repeated pressure on the foot. These sores often appear on the ball and big toe of the foot. If left unattended ulcers can get infected. In diabetics these infections can get out of control because the body is not able to provide the wound with the oxygen and nourishment needed for a quick recovery. Over time infections will get worse and may require amputation to stop the infection.
The biggest concern with foot ulcers is infection. When caring for an existing foot ulcer it is important to stay off the foot. This will stop the sore from getting worse and it will allow the body to start the healing process. If you start walking on the foot too soon, you may cause the sore to break open, leaving it susceptible to infection. In addition it is important to bandage the sore with a sterile medical bandaging. This will help protect the wound from bacteria and further infection.
Early detection and care is the best way to care for an existing foot ulcer. At our office Sanjay Patel will examine your sore and give you the best “next step” advice. Avoid amputation and call our office at (203) 876-7736 or request an appointment online.