Treatment and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers are a common occurrence in diabetics suffering from diabetic neuropathy, or a loss of sensation and feeling in the feet. The condition is caused by inadequate blood supply to the feet, damaging small nerve endings and resulting in a reduction in the patient’s ability to feel wounds or sores on their feet. But don’t worry, if you are suffering from foot ulcers, the experts at MyPod Podiatry in Adelaide are here to help.

Foot ulcers in diabetics typically indicate that a number of factors may be at play, and immediate attention from one of our qualified Podiatrists is recommended at the first sign of seepage or blood in your socks or footwear.

Identifying a Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Early detection of a foot ulcer can make an enormous difference in the outcome of diabetic wounds. Signs to look for include:

  • Seepage or drainage from your foot – found in your shoe or stained socks
  • Swelling of the foot
  • Irritation or redness around the edge of the foot
  • Bad smells or odours coming from one or both feet

If a foot ulcer becomes more serious, it may have dark or black tissue visible around the edge of the ulcer. This is the beginnings of gangrene and can lead to very poor outcomes, which is why it needs to be treated by your Podiatrist immediately.

Some ulcers are difficult to spot and won’t become obvious until the ulcer has become infected. If you see any irritation or discolouration, it is essential to consult your Podiatrist to prevent the situation from escalating.

Effective Foot Ulcer Treatment

The first step in treating a diabetic foot ulcer is removing the weight from your feet. Pressure from standing and moving around can make foot ulcers worse, and potentially make the ulcer bigger. Our special treatments for diabetic foot ulcers at MyPod Podiatry include:

  • Shoe inserts or custom orthotics to remove pressure from affected areas
  • Compression socks or wraps
  • Braces designed to remove weight from particular parts of the foot
  • Diabetic shoes

For ulcers that are not infected, treatment can be as simple as slicing away some of the dead skin, applying an antiseptic cream, and removing weight from the foot until the ulcer heals.

However, dealing with an infected ulcer is a more serious situation and requires immediate intervention. Antibiotics are typically needed to fight the infection and reduce inflammation, and extreme cases may involve surgery to help alleviate pressure around the ulcer.

Do you suffer from diabetes and suspect you have a foot ulcer?

We recommend contacting your closest myPod immediately to organise a consultation with one of our qualified Podiatrists.