Diabetic Ulcer Symptoms:

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), up to 24% of patients who develop a diabetic foot ulcer will require amputation. Fortunately, recognizing symptoms early on can reduce this risk. The earlier a diagnosis, the more likely drastic measures can be prevented. Diabetic ulcer symptoms may include: 
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Odor
  • Drainage from the ulcer

Risk Factors for Diabetic Ulcers:

Specific factors may increase the risk for diabetic ulcers, including: 
  • Poor blood sugar control
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Neuropathy

Diabetic Ulcer Treatment

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Skin Debridement

Skin debridement is performed to remove dead or infected skin and clean and disinfect the area so it can properly heal. Most skin ulcers occur on the bottom of the foot, and after debridement, it's often necessary to stay off the foot while it heals.  
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Diabetic ulcer treatment typically involves proper wound management, including applying topical medication and dressing. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy helps to heal a diabetic ulcer by gently removing drainage and assisting to pulling the edges of the wound closed to allow for healing. This is a standard treatment for hard to heal diabetic wounds. 

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Medication Management

In some cases, a diabetic ulcer may put a patient at risk for a deeper infection that can then spread to the bloodstream. To avoid this, your practitioner may prescribe medication as part of diabetic ulcer treatment. Oral and topical medications can help decrease bacteria and prevent further infection.  

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