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How To Treat A Diabetic Foot Ulcer

How To Treat A Diabetic Foot Ulcer

This video talks about how to treat a diabetic foot ulcer

Hello I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified Chiropodist/Podiatrist. I run “The Foot Pad” chiropody and physical therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and their treatment.

We're going to talk now about diabetic foot ulcers. The appearance of foot ulcers normally indicates a neurological problem and it is a disruption to the normal healing process. They are triggered by a foreign body for example, a splinter or something like that, and the normal healing process doesn't take place.

You get excessive white blood cells there; break down of the skin and you get an ulcer formed which is basically destruction of the skin right through to the layers below. If you're a diabetic it is very important to have your feet checked at least twice a year by a professional chiropodist podiatrist, doctor, somebody like that. You are obviously more prone to develop foot ulcers because of problems with peripheral nerve, and vascular function.

Once you have ascertained that you have a foot ulcer, treatment is very important quickly to prevent further complication such as gangrene, etc. the treatment obviously involves keeping the wound clean, promoting the healing, rest, etc. some of the treatments we use professionally includes laser which helps promote healing.

We very often find that patients present with a corn or callus which overlies an underlying ulcer that's why it is very important that patients should seek professional help and it's very important that diabetics consult a professional to determine whether they have any foot problems that they're not aware of. And this is the way we recommend diabetic patients to treat their foot ulcers.