Diabetic Foot Syndrome
Diabetic Foot Syndrome is a disease that occurs in the late stages of diabetes
and is usually due to a combination of Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage
and severe Circulatory Disorder.
Interdisciplinary Therapy of Diabetic Foot Syndrome and Diabetic Neuro-Osteo-Arthro-Pathia (DNOAP)
Chronic Wound Therapy
Interdisciplinary therapy of chronic wounds, such as in Lower Leg Ulcers (Ulcus Cruris)
Extremity-Preserving Surgery in a leg threatened by amputation
Stage-Appropriate Wound Treatment with partial use of Vacuum Pump Therapy
Skin Transplantation and Surgical Reconstructive Treatment, partly in cooperation with surgery for large wounds
Boot & Shoes & Cast
Immediate care with Cast Boot or Woundcare shoes or Total Contact Cast
Antibiotic therapy, pain therapy, platelet aggregation inhibition
Frequently Asked Questions
If a foot ulcer is not treated, it becomes more susceptible to infection. Infected foot ulcers can also develop abscesses (pockets of pus) which can spread the infection to the skin, cellulitis, or cause bone infection or gangrene (dead tissue due to poor circulation). These complications can worsen the overall condition of the foot and may result in amputation or serious infection. It is important to seek proper treatment for foot ulcers in order to avoid these potential risks.
To accurately assess the severity of the foot ulcer and determine the most effective treatment plan, we typically recommend three tests:
- MRI scans to evaluate the extent of damage caused by the ulcer and check for signs of inflammation in the foot
- X-rays to determine if there has been any loss of bone mass due to diabetes, and
- Blood tests to check for any signs of infection associated with the ulcer.
By undergoing these tests, we can better understand the foot ulcer’s condition and tailor a treatment plan accordingly.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to preventing foot ulcers. This includes controlling high blood glucose and cholesterol levels and quitting smoking and/or alcohol consumption. Regularly checking for potential issues such as bruises, blisters, or redness on your feet is also important. Additionally, wearing the appropriate shoes and socks can help reduce the risk of developing ulcers.
Several factors can contribute to the development of foot ulcers for those with diabetes, including reduced sensation in the feet, foot deformities, poor circulation, irritation from friction or pressure, and trauma. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely they are to develop a foot ulcer. Vascular disease can also make it harder for the body to heal a foot ulcer and increase the risk of infection.
At GluCare, we offer a variety of procedures to address diabetic foot care, including wound treatment, skin transplantation, boot and shoe fittings, drug intervention, chronic wound therapy, and extremity-preserving surgery. Our team of specialists will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs and condition.