Diabetic Foot Ulcers
A diabetic foot ulcer is a prevalent complication that affects around 15% of individuals with diabetes. It typically manifests as an open sore or wound, often found on the bottom of the foot. These ulcers appear as round red craters in the skin, surrounded by thickened, callused skin. In severe cases, ulcers can extend deep enough to expose tendons or bones.
Several factors contribute to the development of diabetic foot ulcers, including poor glycaemic control, calluses, foot deformities, inadequate foot care, ill-fitting footwear, peripheral neuropathy, reduced circulation, and dry skin.
To manage the condition, pain medications are available to alleviate nerve pain and provide relief. If you have diabetes and notice any foot abnormalities or develop an ulcer, it is crucial to seek prompt medical attention. Healthcare professionals specializing in diabetic foot care can provide the necessary treatment, wound management, and guidance to prevent complications and promote healing.
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