In simple words, an ulcer is a sore that does not heal. Diabetes interferes with the body’s wound-healing mechanism, and prevents sores from healing normally.
An open, unhealed sore leads to infections. The infections can be treated through medication, and may settle. But the root casue of the problem is the ulcer, and as long as the ulcer is there, the foot is susceptible to infection. Repeated infections drain the patient of his energy, and can also cripple him financially .
The good news is that ulcers can be healed. A strict, protocol-driven treatment plan can heal most ulcers. The next, and equally important job, is to prevent the ulcer from recurring. The right footwear can help keep ulcers at bay, thus protecting and preserving your mobility.
The Five Directives of Managing Diabetic Foot
- ‘Prevention is better than cure’ should be the slogan
- Look after your feet as you look after your face. Notice them, pamper them.
- Do not ignore the signs that your feet reveal to you.
- Do not delay seeking medical help for any adverse changes you notice in your feet.
- If you have any pain / itching / sores or other issues on your feet, rest them. Do not override the problems and continue walking as usual