We don’t want you to end up in a situation wherein a diabetic wound—which can become a diabetic foot ulcer—puts you in a dangerous situation. Knowing why ulcers develop, how they can affect your body, and what you can do about them will go a long way toward keeping you safe.
Diabetes affects the entire body. This makes sense if you consider the fact that A) the condition is marked by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream and B) every part of your body relies on blood for health and vitality. The disease compromises organs and body systems, including damaging nerves, decreasing vascular supply, and neutralizing the effectiveness of white blood cells.
Issues like those all lay the groundwork for dangerous situations. Diabetic neuropathy takes away your ability to be aware of cuts, scrapes, and other problems. Weakened blood flow and neutralized white blood cells keep the body from being able to heal the damage. Further, the elevated sugar levels affect collagen production, which is essential for both providing strength to skin—pressure points are a common cause of diabetic foot ulcers—and allowing wounds to heal.
This all means any kind of wound—which can mean cuts, scrapes, blisters, ingrown toenails, and basically anything out of the ordinary (whether from internal or external origin)—can continue to exist without being properly addressed. If you are able to feel these kinds of issues, you will probably provide some kind of care (like using antibiotic ointment on a cut, for example). When diabetic neuropathy takes away your ability to recognize problems, they are more likely to go untreated.
Untreated wounds can open the door for dangerous infections to take place. Your body doesn’t have the resources to heal the wounds (restricted blood flow, compromised immune system), and they become dormant somewhere between 2-4 weeks. To put it another way, the body has essentially given up at this point.
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