A diabetic sore is any skin sore, especially to the hands and feet, that occurs on a person with diabetes. Skin sores and wounds are more dangerous for diabetics because blood flow is slower, thus it takes longer for the sore to heal. Diabetics are at greater risk of an infection because of decreased blood flow. Infection of a skin sore can lead to a skin ulcer. If the skin ulcer is not treated properly, amputation may become necessary.

Diabetics with neuropathy are at even greater risk because neuropathy causes decreased sensations to the limbs, and especially the hands and feet. Since the hands and feet tend to be common areas that suffer from cuts, dryness, and cracking, diabetics need to become acutely aware of the condition of the hands and feet. The areas around the nails can develop sores easily, so it is very important to take great care in clipping nails. It is recommended that nails are clipped professionally by a registered nurse or podiatrist.


Diabetic Foot Sore Treatment


If a diabetic sore occurs, it is important to treat it immediately. Do not ignore or put off treating a sore if you are diabetic. Even if it is just a scratch or the cut seems minor, it is important to have it looked at and treated immediately.

If you have a cut or sore, start by gently cleaning it with warm water and mild detergent. After you have cleaned it, dab it dry with a sterile 4×4 gauze pad. Next, apply triple antibiotic ointment and keep it bandaged.

When you have completed these steps, contact your physician to discuss what should be done next. Your physician may want to see the wound, start you on antibiotics, or give you instructions on how to treat the wound and what to watch for.


Preventing a Diabetic Sore


There are many skin complications that can occur in people with diabetes. Sore feet or hands can be a warning sign that dryness, cracking, blisters, or injury has occurred. It is important to clean, dry and check your hands and feet at least once per day. Diabetics need to get into the habit of caring for hands and feet just like other daily grooming habits, such as combing your hair and brushing your teeth.

It is also important to use moisturizing cream on the hands and feet frequently. It should be applied after cleaning the hands and feet, as well as any other time dryness is a symptom. This will help prevent cracking, which can lead to diabetic sores. Calices can be as detrimental as cuts and cracking. If you have diabetes and calices, consult with your physician promptly.

Diabetic sores can be prevented with the proper care. Prevention is the best medicine. If you do develop a diabetic sore or ulcer, seek medical treatment quickly. Proper treatment will prevent major complications, such as amputation. Keep your skin healthy and well by following these simple tips and using excellent hygiene practices!


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