Living With Diabetes

For Fast Healing Of Diabetic Leg Ulcers, Take All Precautions

One of the main symptoms of diabetes is feeling of numbness and tingling sensation in hands and feet. One also suffers from wounds and bruises that are not easy to heal as body gets more prone to infections. When wounds or open sores occur on the leg from below the knee portion to tip of the nail which may or may not be painful and are followed by swelling, burning or itching, rash and red skin or even brown discoloration and scaly skin, it is known as leg ulcers.

Coming to the types of these ulcers, leg ulcers may be classified into three types depending on the portion of the leg which is wounded, but here we are talking about the third type of ulcer which is known as the Neurotrophic or diabetic leg ulcer. In this type of ulcer, the increased pressure points of the feet are affected. It primarily occurs to those suffering from diabetes but can also happen to those who suffer from impaired sensation of feet.

When a person is diabetic the blood circulation does not reach the feet and hence leads to numbness and tingling which adds up to the problem in the same way as any kind of nerve damage may cause. The ulcers are like wounds which appear to be red/pink or brown/black in color which depends on the blood circulation of the patient.

As a precautionary measure, the patient of diabetic leg ulcer should wear clean and appropriate shoes, keep his feet clean, should never walk bare footed and should avoid any kind of pressure or weight on the infected area. The wound should be kept clean with the help of orthotic devices and the infected tissues should be removed regularly for proper and fast healing.

To prevent one self from aggravating the problem, one should take extra measures such as exercises, weight management, quit smoking, control diabetes and cholesterol, limit sodium intake and follow a regimen of extra skin and foot care, but keeping diabetes in control is most important.