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Diabetics and wound care for leg ulcers and sores Know the role of a Vein Specialist

Diabetic foot ulcer

Open sores on the skin that are slow to heal are known as ulcers or commonly referred to as wounds. Does diabetes make someone more prone to sores and ulcers? Yes, it does. In this blog, let us understand more about diabetes and how it causes circulatory problems in the body.  

An individual with diabetes may develop ulcers in any part of the body.  However, they are most likely to develop them on their feet and legs. Why does it happen? One main symptom of diabetes is high blood glucose (blood sugar) level. Persistent high levels can damage your blood vessels and nerves. Blood flow gets affected, and as circulation especially to your extremities (hand, limbs, legs, and foot) is reduced, sores and cuts might find it difficult to heal. If an infection develops due to inefficient blood flow, it may even increase the risk of developing ulcers without him/her realizing it. 

Consequences can be life- threatening and can lead to amputation or even death in cases of severe infections or “gangrene” (tissue death due to severe loss of blood). 

More importantly, diabetes is associated with a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) that further reduces the blood flow to feet and legs.

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Benefits of treating Vein problems for diabetics

In people with diabetes, spider veins, skin discoloration, varicose veins or other problems in their feet and legs is quite common. The blood supply is farthest from your heart in your legs and feet and therefore, your circulatory system must work extra hard to pump blood back up to the heart. In diabetics, as the valves in the veins become weakened due to the high blood sugar levels, blood pools in the lower extremities and symptoms are noticed.

In diabetics, as the nerves get damaged, it might make it harder to feel the pain or other symptoms of ulcer formation. This can delay the treatment until problem worsens. 

Our doctors at Avis Vascular Centre feel that diabetics are apprehensive about getting their veins treated. However, doctors suggest that treatments are possible and by addressing these vein issues, it can slow down the effects of diabetes-related circulatory problems.

The diabetes related complications will vary among patients and hence personal consultation is essential before the treatment is decided. At Avis vascular Center our doctors recommend an Ultrasound scan so that even the seemingly minor “spider veins” which may indicate more serious venous diseases can be effectively managed. Ultrasound helps to get a deeper understanding about the existing vein issues.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice sores or skin discoloration that you are concerned about. Your doctor can help heal the sores and prevent them from getting bigger or infected. Proper cleaning, wound dressing, and bandaging can fasten the healing process. 

If the wound does not heal even after a month or gets infected, modern and minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy, and laser or radiofrequency ablation are performed at our center with little downtime. These methods are effective as they offer faster wound healing in diabetic patients.

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