Diabetic Foot Ulcers
In some people with diabetes, their condition affects the ability of the skin to heal well, meaning that they are more prone to developing ulcers.
Diabetes can damage the nerves in the hands and feet causing a loss of sensation called peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes also has an effect on your ability to fight infection and to heal. If you have peripheral neuropathy you may not notice you have injured your foot as you might not feel the sensation of pain. This means an injury from a sharp object like a nail or splinter, or even a blister from tight fitting shoes, may go undetected. If left untreated these injuries could quickly deteriorate in to an ulcer.
Diabetes also affects the muscles in the feet which can change the shape of your foot and may lead to an increase pressure on the feet and toes. This pressure can damage the skin and cause ulcers. Other effects of diabetes may include stiffness in the joints of the foot and ankle, dry skin and an increase in corns and calluses. These changes can also increase pressure on your feet increasing the risk of developing an ulcer.
If you are a Diabetic and have a wound to the foot which is not healing quickly, it’s very important to seek help as soon as possible from your GP Practice . If you are referred to one of our Pioneer Wound Healing and Lymphoedema Centres our specialist podiatrists will assess your wound and investigate any possible infections, taking account of any other health issues you may have. We aim to work in collaboration with all staff involved in your care and will ensure we keep your GP and others involved up to date.