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What to Do with a Diabetic Ulcer

Treating a Diabetic UlcerEveryone deals with nicks and scrapes from time to time, but for those with diabetes the consequences of injury, especially on weight-bearing areas of the foot, can be significantly more serious. Without adequate blood flow to the region, those injuries could fester and simply refuse to heal, possibly leading to infection and, in severe cases, loss of limb—or life.

Minor cuts or scrapes that are recent should be cleaned with soap and water (no antiseptics, iodine, or alcohol). After that, use an antibiotic ointment or cream and apply a bandage. Keep pressure off the injury as much as possible—that includes avoiding tight socks and shoes that may constrict or rub against the site.

Rebandage at least once per day. This is important because it means you keep looking at the injury regularly to monitor the progress. That way, you can tell if it’s getting better, staying the same, or getting worse.

If you notice a diabetic ulcer that isn’t getting better, get off your feet entirely and get help immediately! Continuing to put any more pressure on the wound will only make it worse, and you should never, under any circumstances, try to face the problem on your own. The risk is far too great.

The specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Center are trained to provide comprehensive diabetic wound care, including the use of advanced tools and techniques. Our treatments are geared toward healing as quickly as possible, and doing everything in our power to preserve functioning limbs and avoid amputations.

After professional treatment, you may get additional instructions to continue the healing at home. This includes how to redress the wound and making sure you don’t put any weight or pressure on the site of healing. It’s critical that you take these instructions seriously and follow them to the letter—don’t be afraid to call at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Once you discover an ulcer, don’t wait—call us right away at (888) 689-3317 to schedule an appointment at one of our six Greater Cincinnati locations. Time is of the essence if you want to shorten your recovery time and minimize the risk of serious complications.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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