Q: Why doesn't my diabetic foot ulcer heal on it's own?
A diabetic foot ulcer is one of the most frustrating conditions to have and get healed. There are many factors that cause a diabetic foot ulcer to form, including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and excessive pressure beneath the foot. In order to have the ulcer heal, all of these contribute factors must be controlled.
Diabetic foot ulcers also have different characteristics. Some are dry, while others drain; some are infected, and others are not; some are deep to bone, while others are superficial. Different wounds will require the appropriate treatment in order to heal properly. All, however, should be considered to be medical emergencies.
The management of a diabetic foot ulcer is too complex to handle on your own. If the wound is not treated properly, it can worsen and become infected. An infection such as this, particularly if you have diabetes, can result in you losing a toe, your foot, or even your leg. Don't put yourself at risk! At the first sign of a diabetic foot ulcer, contact your podiatrist. Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider has the means to evaluate your wound and recommend the best treatment to get the ulcer healed as quickly as possible.