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Stages of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers, or DFUs, are a common complication of diabetes, resulting from prolonged high blood sugar levels that damage blood vessels and nerves. This condition impedes wound healing and leads to ulcers in weight-bearing areas such as the ball of the feet, heels, and toes. These types of diabetic foot ulcers can have severe consequences, contributing to a significant number of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. To effectively manage and treat DFUs, podiatrists use classification and scoring systems that can provide valuable insights into the severity and potential complications of these wounds. One widely recognized classification system is Wagner's, which assesses DFUs based on six grades. Factors such as ulcer depth, tissue necrosis extent, and bone infection presence are examined. The results range from Grade 0, which indicates no open lesions, to Grade 5, which shows gangrene of the entire foot. Wagner's system aids in treatment planning and understanding ulcer severity. If you suffer from diabetic foot ulcers, it is suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist to monitor the stages of the ulcers.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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