Diabetic ulcers are a common skin condition encountered by diabetics. It occurs due to a combination of reduced skin sensitivity and less blood circulation. Diabetics often have a condition where their skin becomes less sensitive than normal individuals. Because of this cracks and wounds on their feet might go unnoticed, which if left that way for a while leads to bacterial infection in the region. Diabetics also suffer from reduced blood circulation to certain parts of their body due to which the body cannot quickly combat the infection, leading to an ulceration of the affected region.
Diagnosing diabetic ulcers
The signs of a diabetic ulcer are redness, warmth, and swelling in the affected region which is usually a wound or a deep crack in the skin. Effects of the ulcer manifest themselves as red streaks near the wound or sore, gradual numbing of the affected region, and sometimes fever. These ulcers are likely to occur on the legs, specifically at the big toe, the ball of the foot, and the sides of the feet, where the skin is more prone to cracking.
Natural remedies for diabetic ulcers
Since the ulcers heal slowly, the affected region has to be cleaned often all through the healing process. In order to promote faster healing, the affected region must be kept dry and the circulation to the area must not be restricted by tight clothing or footwear. Anti-septic creams and balms are recommended to prevent further bacterial growth, which may prolong the healing of the ulcer.