Complicated diabetic foot ulcer- how to get relief?
61 year-old male patient diagnosed with type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) fourteen years ago. This diagnosis was initially accompanied by sensitive and motor peripheral neuropathy, metatarsophalangeal arthropathy with no signs of osteomyelitis and diabetic arthropathy. The patient had presented ulcers in both his feet for ten years now, in the metatarsophalangeal area. These had never completely healed in this period. He did not present partial nor total amputations. He had needed several admissions in hospital due to recurrent infections and had needed debridement and IV antibiotics in multiple occasions.
@himika Care for diabetic foot pain may involve a doctor who specializes in the feet, called a podiatrist. Treatment may include:
Cleaning the wound.
Draining any fluid or pus from the ulcer.
Removing or cutting away dead or infected tissue (called debridement).
Applying special bandages and ointments to absorb extra fluid, protect the wound and help it heal.
Prescribing a wheelchair or crutches to take weight off the affected foot (called offloading).
Prescribing oral or IV antibiotics to control and eliminate infection.
Depending on how severe the infection is, your healthcare provider may recommend hospitalization. Sometimes amputation is necessary to prevent infection from spreading to other parts of the body.