What is it and what are the symptoms?
People with diabetes are prone to the development of foot ulcers.
Due to loss of sensation in the bottom of the foot (neuropathy) a person may not feel small injuries occur. Circulation to the feet may be poor, which means wounds may not heal and be at a greater risk of becoming infected.
Visual symptoms will include redness, inflammation and the breakdown of skin tissue .They may also take a long time to heal, increase in size and deteriorate rapidly. Any change should be reported to the GP or diabetic nurse immediately.
They are often found on the ball of the foot but may also appear on the top or in between the little toes.
What causes them?
After years of elevated blood sugar, both nerves and small blood vessels in the feet are damaged. Skin can become thin and dry and prone to cracking and bleeding, leading to an ulcer. Ulcers can form on the feet of people with diabetes, usually after an injury or in places that receive constant pressure.
What is the treatment?
Because pain from infection or enlarging of an ulcer might not be felt, diabetic foot ulcers need to be closely monitored for progression or infection. Calluses on the foot or around the wound should also be monitored regularly and treated when necessary. In some cases, alterations can be made to footwear to promote healing. Topical medications can be applied to encourage wound healing.
Sheridan Foot Health will undertake a full foot health assessment and a general foot health plan will be devised to suit your individual needs and requirements. All patients with diabetes are advised to visit their GP regularly and to look after the overall health of their feet.
Please be advised, Sheridan Foot Health will make a referral to the GP should this be required.
How do I book an appointment?
Contact the team on 02392 388149 or 07795 522700 for a consultation and treatment.