If you have pain in your foot after surgery, you may need to have a procedure called debridement. This surgery can remove dead tissue, such as the bone and tissue that has built up in your foot ulcer.
Scaling your foot is also often recommended for people with diabetes, since it helps reduce blood sugar levels.
Your doctor may tell you that you need to wear a special boot to protect the area.
When to see a doctor?
If you have a foot ulcer, see your doctor as soon as possible. Ulcers can become infected and need to be treated.
Your doctor may:
- Drain the pus inside your foot ulcer
- Prescribe antibiotics to treat an infection
- Treat your foot ulcer with a surgery called debridement to remove dead tissue or a surgery called debridement and grafting to remove dead tissue and reposition it
- Treat your foot ulcer with a procedure called debridement with vacuum-assisted closure to reduce pain and swelling
- Give you a prescription for an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen
Your doctor may recommend that you wear an orthopedic boot to protect your wound. This may help prevent infections and prevent the wound from getting larger.
Treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers
Your doctor may prescribe:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Calcium channel blockers
- Laser therapy
- Wound debridement
Your doctor will tell you how often to apply these treatments. They may also suggest that you take them at certain times.
A type of debridement known as debridement with vacuum-assisted closure can help with pain and swelling.
A debridement with vacuum-assisted closure procedure is done in an outpatient surgical center. A healthcare provider uses a vacuum to pull out the dead tissue from the wound.
If you have diabetes, you may need to have this procedure done in addition to debridement.
It can also be used to treat osteomyelitis, a type of bone infection.
If you have a diabetic foot ulcer
- Be sure to take your diabetic pills every day.
- Wear protective shoes that fit properly.
- Wear a special boot to protect your wound.
- Keep your wound clean and dry.
- Keep it covered with a bandage.
If you have a diabetic foot ulcer, your doctor may also prescribe a prescription for an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
It can reduce pain and stop your wound from getting larger.
What’s the outlook for people with diabetic foot ulcers?
The outlook for people with diabetic foot ulcers depends on their health and the seriousness of the infection or condition that caused the foot ulcer.
If your foot ulcer is mild, you may not need any treatment. But you should monitor it closely.
Talk to your doctor or a medical professional about the best options for treatment. They may recommend surgical debridement with vacuum-assisted closure, debridement with grafting, or a combination of the two.
If your foot ulcer does not heal, speak with your doctor. They can help you with a plan for a more long-term approach to care.
Preventing diabetic foot ulcers
There are some steps you can take to prevent a diabetic foot ulcer from getting bigger.
- Wear protective shoes.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Use an over-the-counter wound care ointment.
- Wear an orthopedic boot.
If you already have a diabetic foot ulcer, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. The earlier you treat it, the better.
Your doctor can recommend a treatment plan that is best for you. They may also need to remove the dead tissue from the wound and reposition it. The goal is to reduce pain and swelling.
If you already have osteomyelitis, a foot ulcer, or another type of infection, treatment will also depend on the severity of the infection.
How can you manage chronic foot pain?
Chronic foot pain can be a sign of another health problem, such as osteomyelitis or diabetes.
To manage your foot pain, you may need to see a doctor. They may prescribe:
- Anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Steroid injections
- Pain medications, such as codeine and tramadol
You may also need to see a podiatrist for further treatment, such as debridement.
There’s no cure for osteomyelitis, so treatment depends on the severity of your infection.
If the infection is mild, you may have to take antibiotics for several weeks.
You may need to wear a special boot or brace to protect your foot.
If you already have diabetes, you may need to adjust your insulin schedule. You may need to check the sugar levels in your blood more often.
You may also need to take a special medication to lower your blood sugar.
To help with pain and inflammation, your doctor may suggest:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen
- Steroid injection
- Steroid injection and pain medications
- Analgesic medications, such as codeine and tramadol
What is the outlook for people with chronic foot pain?
The outlook for people with chronic foot pain depends on many factors.
If you already know that you have chronic foot pain, you may need to see a doctor for further treatment.
Your doctor can help you with a plan to reduce pain and inflammation in your foot.
If your foot pain is the result of osteomyelitis, you may need to take antibiotics for several weeks.
You may also need to wear a special boot or brace to protect your foot.
If you currently take pain medications, you may need to taper down your dosage.
If you’ve already had diabetes for a long time, you may need to change your insulin schedule.
Take care of your feet by keeping them clean, dry, and covered.
A diabetic foot ulcer can be a painful condition.
It can also be a sign of another health problem, such as osteomyelitis.
Talk to your doctor about the best treatment options or ways to manage your pain
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