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  1. A diabetic foot ulcer can be classified into 6 stages or grades. Grade 0: The skin remains intact in this stage. Grade 1: In this stage, a superficial ulcer, that is an ulcer on the skin surface develops. Grade 2: The ulcerations deepen and spreads to the bone, tendons or joints. Grade 3: Abscess formation takes place and bone infections may lead to osteomyelitis. Grade 4: Skin tissues start to die in the forefoot (Forefoot gangrene) Grade 5: Skin tissues in the entire foot die (Complete gangrene)  

  1. The healing process in diabetic people is comparatively much slower. Diabetic foot wounds do not heal properly because prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes often damages the arteries and makes them narrower. This is called Peripheral artery disease and its effect is most prominent in the lower body and the feet. Due to the narrowing of the arteries, sufficient blood, oxygen, and nutrients cannot reach the wound. A lack of these results in slower healing and the lack of oxygen also makes the wound more prone to infections, eventually leading to ulcerationsRead more

  1. People with diabetes are prone to developing this complication of diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds that develop as a result of the damages caused due to prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes.  The high levels of sugar result in damaging the arteries and the nerves of the foot. As a result of this, a minor cut or injury to the foot can transform into a diabetic foot wound, which, in turn, can get infected and lead to ulceration in the foot.  The person may not even be aware of the severity of the foot ulcer due to poor senRead more

  1. No, diabetic foot ulcer is not at all contagious. It does not spread from one person to the other through direct contact. Diabetic foot ulcers develop only in people with high blood sugar levels. You can develop a foot ulcer without diabetes too, but then it won’t be a diabetic foot ulcer. Diabetic foot ulcer forms due to the sensory and vascular damages done by high blood sugar levels. Diabetic foot ulcer has nothing to do with direct contact. It is absolutely non-contagious.  

  1. Usually, a general physician or podiatrist can examine the early signs and symptoms of a diabetic foot ulcer. The treatment of diabetic foot ulcers is divided into three major aspects- Neurological, Vascular, and treatment of the wound itself.  A general physician may help you with the external wound but may not be capable of healing the ulcer from its root. For this purpose, you may have to visit a neurologist or a vascular expert depending upon the root cause of diabetic foot ulcers in your case. 

  1. Diabetic people are more prone to developing foot ulcers because their high and uncontrolled sugar levels damage the arteries and the sensory nerves. These are known as peripheral artery disease and peripheral neuropathy respectively. The effect of this damage is most prominent in the lower body, especially in the feet.  So, if any minor injury, cut, or trauma occurs to the feet, the person does not notice it due to lack of sensation in the foot. Due to damaged arteries, blood and oxygen supply to the affected foot is also hindered and thus, optimal healRead more

  1. Diabetic foot ulcers occur as a result of the damages to the nerves and arteries due to prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy (loss of sensation) and peripheral artery disease (narrowed arteries) contribute majorly to the development of diabetic foot ulcers.  Due to these conditions, any minor cut, injury, corn, or blister can turn into a diabetic foot wound and you may not even realize it until it becomes severe. Due to the lack of blood and oxygen supply, the wound can get infected and ulceration in the foot can happen, eventuallyRead more

  1. The healing process of the diabetic foot ulcer entirely depends upon its severity or stage. If diabetic foot ulcer is diagnosed in the initial stages only, and proper treatment is received, home remedies, ointments, and medications along with controlled blood sugar levels may be successful in healing the ulcer.  However, if the diabetic foot ulcer advances to the severe stages, vascular surgeries may become a necessity.  Proper and timely treatment of diabetic foot ulcers is necessary. Otherwise, it can lead to serious complications and may even put youRead more