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What is a diabetic foot ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound or sore that occurs as a result of poorly controlled diabetes. Diabetic foot ulcers are quite common, and 1 in every 10 people with diabetes end up having foot ulcers. Even mundane things like a new pair of shoes or minor injuries to the foot can lead to the development of foot ulcers.

In diabetic people, due to high or fluctuating levels of blood sugar, the process of healing of the exposed skin tissues is slowed down. This happens because of improper nerve functioning or narrowed arteries and thus, the injuries or blisters do not heal and a foot ulcer develops. Diabetic foot ulcers cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and if left untreated can lead to infections and ulcer-related complications.

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    Overview of diabetic foot ulcer

    Causes of diabetic foot ulcer

    Poor Circulation

    High Blood Sugar (hyperglycemia)

    Nerve damage


    Venous insufficiency

    Symptoms of diabetic foot ulcer

    Swelling, discoloration, and warmth around the wound.

    Foul-smelling discharge seeping from the wound

    Pain and firmness when the wound is touched

    Callused or thickened skin surrounding the ulcer

    Fever and chills in advanced stages of foot ulcers

    Treatment of diabetic foot ulcer


    To diagnose the seriousness of the diabetic foot ulcer, your doctor may conduct a series of examinations. The doctor may want to know about your medical history and will conduct a physical examination to look for scratches, cuts and blisters. The doctor may feel your pulse to evaluate the blood flow to your feet. In addition to the physical exam, your doctor may also recommend X-rays to look for any misalignments in the feet due to decreased bone mass. MRI scans may also be conducted to get an idea about the extent of damage caused by the ulcer and if signs of any infection are seen, blood tests may be recommended.



    Debridement is a procedure to treat wounds in the skin. In this procedure, a sharp tool or a scalpel is used to remove the dead tissue or infected skin tissues from the ulcerated foot. After the procedure, the wound is covered with a sterile bandage and the bandage is replaced daily. Ointments can also be used to hasten the healing process. 

    Infection Control 

    Foot ulcers are prone to infections. For infection prevention and control, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics like cephalexin, amoxicillin, moxifloxacin or clindamycin. These work against bacteria like staphylococcus aureus, β-hemolytic streptococci, Enterobacteriaceae, etc which are likely to cause infections in the ulcers. 

    Vascular Surgeries 

    Since one of the major causes of diabetic foot ulcers is narrowing of arteries and poor blood circulation, surgery may be required to increase the flow of blood. 

     Atherectomy is the surgical procedure used for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers caused due to peripheral artery disease. In this procedure, plaque consisting of fat, cholesterol and calcium is removed from the artery, thereby making the artery wider. Wider arteries have better blood circulation. The plaque is removed by shaving or vaporizing using small rotating blades at the end of a catheter or by using laser energy. 

    The procedure is performed under the influence of general or regional anesthesia, depending upon your medical history. Sometimes, after atherectomy, balloon angioplasty may be performed. In Balloon Angioplasty, a stent is inserted into the blood vessel to keep it open. 

    If you have advanced blockage in the artery, gangrene, or open sores in the foot, your doctor may perform leg bypass instead of balloon angioplasty. Leg bypass allows the creation of a new route so that the blood can travel around the blocked artery and proper blood flow to the foot can be maintained.

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    Frequently   Asked Questions

    In most cases, diabetic foot wounds are curable. The only catch is to seek medical help in time. The treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers can range from simple home remedies to surgical procedures. Therefore, it is better to consult a doctor as soon as the symptoms start surfacing.

    It is not advisable to soak a diabetic foot wound underwater. This can lead to nerve damage and the wound can turn infected.

    An untreated diabetic foot ulcer can lead to a number of complications, some of which can even be life-threatening. It can lead to ulcers, abscess formation and even foot deformities if the infection spreads to the bones and joints.

    If you are a diabetes patient, you need to take extra care of your feet. Wear comfortable footwear, keep excess pressure off of the foot and keep your toenails trimmed. Also, monitor your blood sugar levels and visit your podiatrist frequently.

    There are a number of treatment options available for a diabetic foot ulcer. These can range from home remedies to antibiotics to even surgeries. The choice of treatment option depends upon the severity of the foot ulcer. For severe cases, vascular surgeries like atherectomy and balloon angioplasty are required.

    In rare and very severe cases, diabetic foot ulcers can lead to the death of tissues in the feet and you may risk losing your foot. If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, it can even lead to sepsis and have life-threatening implications.

    This black tissue is called ischemia. It forms as a result of lack of oxygen and blood supply to the foot tissues, due to which they die. Ischemia formation is one of the initial signs of gangrene and thus should be tended to in time.

    Debridement is an intervention procedure in which the doctor uses a scalpel to remove the dead and infected tissues from in and around the diabetic foot ulcer. This speeds up the healing of the ulcer and helps in the treatment process.

    What are the different stages of a diabetic foot ulcer?

    Stage 0: Skin remains intact
    Stage 1: Development of a minor or superficial ulcer
    Stage 2: Deep ulcer reaching up to the bone or joint
    Stage 3: Formation of an abscess in the ulcer
    Stage 4: Death of tissues in the forefoot
    Stage 5: Gangrene spreading to the complete foot
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    Is diabetic foot ulcer life-threatening?

    No, a diabetic foot ulcer alone is not life-threatening. But, if the ulcer is left untreated for a long time, it can cause serious health complications including:
    1. Infection – If the ulcer is left untreated, there is a possibility of bacteria spreading to the rest of the body parts. If the ulcer remains unattended, there’s a risk of the ulcer getting infected. When the ulcer turns into an infection, the bacteria may get into the bloodstream and cause sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition. In rare conditions, the bacteria bay even cause infection in the bones.
    2. Ischemia – A peripheral artery disease can hinder blood flow and lead to the death of the tissue. If the condition of tissue death (gangrene) is left untreated, it can lead to irreversible conditions including death.

    How can you prevent diabetic foot ulcers?

    According to a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than half of the cases of diabetic foot ulcers become infected. And hence, taking good care of the condition is crucial for overall health. To prevent diabetic foot ulcer or any other infection on your foot,
    • Keep your feet clean and moisturised
    • Check your blood sugar level
    • Do not wear the same socks every day
    • Wear comfortable shoes

    What are the risk factors of diabtic foot ulcer?

    If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. Other than this, the following factors may increase your risk of developing diabetic foot ulcer:
    • alcohol abuse
    • heart disease
    • obesity
    • poor feet hygiene
    • wearing poorly fit or poor quality shoes
    • kidney disease
    • tobacco consumption

    What is the surgical treatment for diabetic foot ulcer?

    The most widely performed vascular surgery for the purpose is atherectomy followed by balloon angioplasty. Atherectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to make the arteries wider. Widening of the arteries facilitates the proper supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the wound so that optimal healing can be achieved. In Atherectomy, the doctor uses laser energy or a rotating blade to remove the plaque, calcium and fat layers from the artery. This makes the artery wider and improves blood circulation. Many a time, Atherectomy is followed by another procedure called balloon angioplasty. In Balloon Angioplasty, the doctor inserts a stent in the artery to hold it open. This ensures continuous and proper flow of blood through the artery.

    What are the best home remedies for diabetic foot ulcers?

    1. Flaxseed oil – Flaxseeds are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats contain healthy fats that majorly help in repairing blood vessels. Flaxseed oil also keeps arteries flexible and functional. Keeping the vascular system is very necessary for the fast healing of foot ulcers. Therefore, flaxseeds are an amazing remedy to get relief from diabetic foot ulcers.
    2. Psyllium – Psyllium maintains the insulin and sugar levels in the body. This is a highly recommended herb for patients of diabetes, especially those who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers.
    3. Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. These properties make aloe vera a strong remedy for diabetic foot ulcers. You can apply aloe vera gel on diabetic foot ulcer to get fast soothing results. You can also have a glass of aloe vera juice every day to boost your immunity and promote the healing of the foot ulcer.
    4. Honey – Honey is certainly a very popular remedy for the condition of diabetic foot ulcers. It has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. These properties of honey readily help in protecting the wound against any infection.
    5. Coffee – Coffee stimulates the central nervous system and boosts blood circulation. Thus, coffee acts as a remedy in improving the blood flow and the immune response in the condition of diabetic foot.
    6. American Ginseng – Ginseng helps in improving diabetic foot infection. It also prevents the infection from attacking the body. So, ginseng supplements are very effective in curing diabetic foot ulcers.

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