Specialists at AVC are trained in the optimal treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and will provide a specific dressing regimen or footwear to aid ulcer healing.
Infected foot ulcers may required a short or prolonged course of antibiotics. Your AVC specialist will make a comprehensive assessment of you and your ulcer and determine the most appropriate therapy.
Some diabetic foot ulcers can be prevented by surgical cleaning of the wound (debridement). Severe ulcers or infection may require radical surgery to remove a toe or part of the foot to save the leg. Your specialist is highly trained to prevent limb loss and will advise you regarding this.
Food and drink as well as micro nutrition supplementation, including vitamins and minerals, are important in the management of diabetes and ulcer healing. A vascular dietitian can provide personalised advice to support your recovery.
Diabetes affects the nerves, muscles, skin, blood vessels and immune system, limiting your ability to detect and heal foot ulcers. Long standing diabetes, particularly if you have high blood sugars places is particularly bad.
Diabetic foot ulcers, if caught early, can be successfully treated and cured with specialst care.
Diabetic foot ulcers can recur after successful treatment and so lifelong prevention is key to avoiding recurrence and future limb loss. Your specialist will advise you on the best way to avoid further ulcers and may involve podiatrists or othotic specialist care.