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.