Diabetic ulcers lead to more hospital stays for individuals who have diabetes than any other issue associated with the disease. These foot ulcers are often painless, yet can take as long as several months to heal. In spite of the fact that they do not cause pain, ulcers can lead to serious medical complications that may ultimately require an amputation. Of course, we don’t want you to ever be in this situation, so let’s take a look at the risk factors for diabetic ulcers.
A diabetic ulcer is a wound or open sore that happens to individual living with diabetes. For otherwise healthy individuals, the body is usually well-equipped to handle such issues. When diabetes enters the picture, however, the body’s normal abilities to heal itself are impaired. Minor conditions then progressively worsen until they become critical situations which could necessitate limb amputation.
It almost goes without saying that the primary risk factor for diabetic ulcers is simply having diabetes. What does need to be stated, though—because it’s important to know—is that these wounds are more likely for Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and older men. However, anyone who has the disease can potentially develop one.
Risk factors that you may be able to control include:
- Alcohol and tobacco use. Individuals who have diabetes should refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcohol.
- Uncontrolled glucose levels. Always take the appropriate steps to monitor your blood sugar levels and then take action when they need to be adjusted.
- Wearing inappropriate footwear. Make sure to choose shoes that are comfortable, support your feet, and fit appropriately. If you need help finding the right footwear, we can help. We are here for you, so contact our office.
Additional risk factors and warning signs for foot ulcers include neuropathy, poor circulation, foot deformities (hammertoes, bunions, etc.), and diabetes-related eye, heart, and kidney diseases.Make sure to schedule your appointment with Foot Specialists of Long Island for all of your diabetic foot care needs. We can identify risk factors for diabetic ulcers, provide care for a variety of foot and ankle issues, and help you create a foot care plan that keeps you safe and healthy. Your wellness is our top priority, so contact our Massapequa, NY office today by calling (516) 804-9038 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment with us.