The levels of your blood glucose or blood sugar are too high if you have diabetes. Over time, your nerves or blood vessels can be damaged. Diabetes nerve damage may cause you to lose your feet’s sensations. A cuts, a blister or a sore may not be feeling. These kinds of foot injuries can lead to ulcers and infections. Serious situations can even result in amputation. Blood damage can also lead to insufficient blood and oxygen for your feet. If you get a sore or infection, it’s more difficult for your foot to heal.
The Wagner Ulcer Classification System will most likely be used by your doctor to determine the severity of your ulcer on a scale of 0 to 5: 0: there are no open lesions; the lesion may have healed.
1. A shallow ulcer that does not reach deeper layers
2 A more serious ulcer that extends to a tendon, bone, or joint capsule
3. Abscess, osteomyelitis, or tendonitis affect deeper tissues.
4. Gangrene in a forefoot or heel section
5. A gangrenous infection that affects the entire foot
Stay off your feet to avoid ulcer pain. This is known as off-loading, and it is beneficial for all types of diabetic foot ulcers. Walking can aggravate an infection and cause an ulcer to swell.
Your doctor may advise you to wear the following items to protect your feet:
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