Diabetic Foot Ulcers

This type of foot ulcers constitute a break in the skin barrier where harmful bacteria can easily invade and multiply. It’s a complication of Diabetes Type 2. The cause is often peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease. The ulcers most commonly associated with Diabetes are neuropathic, arterial, and venous.

Neuropathic ulcers are caused by frequent friction on the parts of the foot where there is most weight. It often occurs on the sole and inner side of the great toe and 1st metatarsal head. This type of ulcer is often painless, encircled by a callous, and round in shape.

Ischemia, or decreased arterial blood flow to the feet, causes arterial ulcers. These are most serious and are often located on the heels, tips and between toes, sides or sole of the foot, lateral malleoli, and metatarsal heads.

Venous ulcers occur due to the lack of return of venous blood flow to the heart and accumulation of this blood in the lower legs. This makes the skin and the foot dry, flaky, itchy, dark in colour, and swollen. The site of venous ulcers is often on lower legs and inside of the ankles.

Footwear that does not fit is a frequent cause of foot ulcers. Things to look for in order to prevent ulcers: decreased circulation, lack of sensation, and previous wounds that took more than two weeks to heal.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

 

This type of foot ulcers constitute a break in the skin barrier where harmful bacteria can easily invade and multiply. It’s a complication of Diabetes Type 2. The cause is often peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease. The ulcers most commonly associated with Diabetes are neuropathic, arterial, and venous.

Neuropathic ulcers are caused by frequent friction on the parts of the foot where there is most weight. It often occurs on the sole and inner side of the great toe and 1st metatarsal head. This type of ulcer is often painless, encircled by a callous, and round in shape.

Ischemia, or decreased arterial blood flow to the feet, causes arterial ulcers. These are most serious and are often located on the heels, tips and between toes, sides or sole of the foot, lateral malleoli, and metatarsal heads.

Venous ulcers occur due to the lack of return of venous blood flow to the heart and accumulation of this blood in the lower legs. This makes the skin and the foot dry, flaky, itchy, dark in colour, and swollen. The site of venous ulcers is often on lower legs and inside of the ankles.

Footwear that does not fit is a frequent cause of foot ulcers. Things to look for in order to prevent ulcers: decreased circulation, lack of sensation, and previous wounds that took more than two weeks to heal.

New Research on Treatment of Plantar Warts

Over the counter preparations that include Salycylic acid, dichloroacetic or trichloroacetic acids are most affective. But never put this preparation on intact skin. Use a piece of adhesive tape (ex. Leukoplast) and cut a hole in the middle for the wart to isolate it. Apply the preparation to the wart and cover with another piece of tape. Keep it there dry for one week. The wart can then be shaved down. The whole process can be done again on a weekly basis until the wart is gone. Cryotherapy, which is freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, is also effective but must be done by the physician. If you have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease Do Not shave down (pare) the wart.

Reference

emedicinehealth.com

Easy Treatment for Warts

 

Try occlusion therapy. That means using duct tape to stick on the wart and just around it. The  wart will dry up and disappear. Only make sure that the skin around it is intact.

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