Diabetic Foot Syndrome (DFS), as defined by the World Health Organization, is an “ulceration of the foot (from the ankle and including the ankle) associated with neuropathy and different grades of infection”.
Poorly controlled diabetes leads to changes in the blood vessels, circulation, nerves and structure of skin and connective tissue that results in
As a result the surface parts of the body, most particularly the feet are substantially more susceptible to the set of symptoms called Diabetic Foot Syndrome, that includes
Consequential calluses and other injuries, may go undetected because of a reduced feeling in your feet; deep infections can result in part, due to decreased circulation. This happens more often when someone has been living with diabetes for some time.
Foot symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person and may depend on the specific issues a person is experiencing at the time.
However, symptoms might include:
If an infection develops, a person may also experience some of the following:
Any person with diabetes who experiences symptoms of an infection, especially on the feet, should seek emergency treatment.
When treating foot ulcers it is essential to get on top of management as soon as possible to avoid an infection. When not treated promptly, an infection can lead to hospitalization and possible amputation.
When treating a foot ulcer:
Keep weight off the affected area
Keep blood glucose levels under control
Apply dressings and/or bacterial creams
Monitoring the area daily and assessing the wound
It is important to make sure weight is lifted off the wound. Your podiatrist or doctor may provide you with crutches, special footwear or a wheelchair depending on the severity of the wound. This will help speed up the healing process as pressure and irritation has been reduced.
If you have noticed you have a foot ulcer, its important to be assessing the area daily and incorporating daily management strategies every day. If you notice the wound is not recovering, it is best to see your doctor.
Why choose Grahams?
We have analysed specific considerations of diabetic skin including: