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Foot ulcers

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by MauraH, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. gbswales

    gbswales · Well-Known Member

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    I have stubborn ulcers on both ankles the first goes back to 2004 when I cut the back of my ankle on a bed frame. The other dates from my heart by pass when they removed a vein from my leg 4 years ago - they do not heal quickly and get occasional relapses through infections. They are dressed by my local surgery nurses supervised by the district wound nurse. They are continually improving using dressings and compression stockings (had compression bandaging for a long time until they improved enough for stockings. I am 72 now and just wish I thought the end was in sight. I have already missed the retirement holidays in the sun that I had imagined I would have been enjoying. It is making me feel very depressed. It would be nice to hear from people whose foot ulcers actually fully healed.
     
  2. Antechinus

    Antechinus Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hi bdswales
    Unfortunately they can be frustratingly slow things to heal. Trust in the nurses and try to keep a positive attitude. Do the usual stuff like vit d, c, CoQ10 supplements. Have you had a vascular check? Both arterial or venous restrictions will slow the healing, as with swelling in the legs.
    Good luck with it. Paul
     
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    HayleyBenson · Newbie

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    Its always worth checking your feet yourself with the Diabetic Toes Test- to pick up in advance any warnings of Neuropathy
     
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  4. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    @gbswales , in addition to what @Antechinus has said, if you are a smoker, please do try to ditch it.
     
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  5. MauraH

    MauraH Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi there, I am so sorry to hear about what you are going through. It's just awful. Foot ulcers are so debilitating. I posted this thread in 2015 and my ulcer did get better when I got treatment from the wound care clinic. Then I got a second one but it cleared up quickly, thank goodness. These days I am concentrating on my cholesterol as it is high despite a good A1C and good weight, etc. Diabetes is a distressing condition and we have to sacrifice a lot, as you say. I've found that you have to find meaning in life despite it and the conditions it imposes upon us. I wish you all the best!
     
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