Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment: Avoiding Amputation

Diabetic Foot ulcer treatment is essential to protect yourself from the serious and threatening health problems that often result from diabetes. When a diabetic foot ulcer is not treated properly, the sore could worsen to the point of amputation.

In order to properly go about diabetic foot ulcer treatment, three major issues must be addressed:

1. Debridement: There are several ways to go about the debridement process, or the cleaning and removing of the ulcer. Removing the wound is necessary to allow healthy skin to grow back and replace the damaged skin. Removal may be surgical, mechanical, chemical, or by maggot therapy.

2. Offloading: If you are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer, you need to remove all weight from it immediately. This means offloading your body weight by utilizing crutches or a wheelchair. Offloading the weight should also be supported by always wearing a removable Total Contact Cast or postoperative shoes that can accommodate bulky foot dressings. Offloading heals between 73 – 100% of foot ulcers!

3. Infection Control: The main method of infection control is through the use of appropriate antibiotics. If the ulcer is at a mild to moderate stage of infection, it should be able to be treated with outpatient oral antibiotics. If the ulcer has escalated to a more serious level, the patient should be hospitalized and treated with intravenous antibiotics. Although the hospital is usually a last-resort for many diabetic patients, it is better to have the ulcer taken care of professionally as soon as possible before the problem gets worse.

Costs:
Ignoring a diabetic foot ulcer not only leads to serious complications but also lead to some amazingly expensive procedures: a average healing cost of an ulcer can cost between $8,000- $17,000, depending on the level of infection. While this is a large sum of money, it is significantly less than the cost of amputation, which is typically around $45,000!

Applying diabetic foot ulcer treatment as soon as you notice the problem can prevent hefty expenses, further complications and additional time in the hospital! If you are interested in more information about diabetic foot treatment in NYC, call our offices today!