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Foot Ulcers in Diabetic Patients: Tips on Foot Care and Risk Identification

Foot Ulcers in Diabetic Patients: Tips on Foot Care and Risk Identification

What is a foot ulcer? Seniors and diabetics with poor circulation often face the challenge of foot ulcers, which are open wounds on the feet that are often caused by too much pressure on one part of the foot. Tight shoes can also cause ulcers to develop. The wound can be shallow or deep and affects the surface of the skin, but can extend to tendons and bones as well.   Why being able to identify this condition could save a life! Complications from ulcers can lead to  disability issues and amputation, infection, and in extreme cases, fatality.  Luckily, foot ulcers and amputation   can be prevented by early recognition. This article includes few tips on identifying foot ulcers and some preventative measures. Here is how you can go about preventing the development of ulcers: How to assess the risk of foot ulcers in a diabetic patient   The only prevention you can take for the management of foot disease is by identifying the risk of the foot ulcers Patients who have suffered from diabetes for over ten years are more likely to develop foot ulcers. This is the reason why elders represent the largest percentage of the population who report this issue.  Note however, those having retinal, renal, cardiovascular complications along with poor glucose control are equally affected by this disease.   The following foot conditions are closely associated with the foot amputations. If you have a diabetic patient in your home or care for one, take note of the following:   Patient faces either absent or decreased pedal pulses Patient has a past record of amputation or ulcers...
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