Foot Ulcers : From Fungal Infections To

Diabetic Retinopathy…

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Foot ulcers are the most common and dangerous in people with Diabetes Mellitus due to the possibility of bacterial and fungal infection leading to necrosis and the loss of a limb…

Once the foot/feet are injured sufficiently, infection can set in, leading to a surplus of dead tissue that will rot; and in advanced stages, require amputation…

This is a mild case of foot fungus. Advancement of the fungus can mean toe nails and skin turning to yellow rot...

Diabetic Retinopathy, by definition, is damage to the nerves that run down your leg and into your feet. Damage to the nerves occurs because of a lack of blood circulation to the outer extremities (such as ankles and feet)…

High glucose levels in the blood can cause atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries which lessens circulation – especially in the feet and fingers…

High glucose levels also raise the possibility for damage to the heart and surrounding blood vessels via heart attack…


This having been said, there are several precautions you can take to protect your feet if you are diabetic, or if you are just prone to foot fungus or both…

If You Have Diabetic Retinopathy
Wear Protective Foot Wear

Always wear protective footwear when you are not sleeping, or sitting with your feet up.
If you are in the house, a pair of slippers with a tough leather sole should always be worn…
When you go out, make sure your shoes protect your feet but can breath…

If your foot ulcers are from diabetic retinopathy, however, this will need to be a continuous routine…

If you have a continuing condition causing ulcers on your feet not to heal, (such as nerve damage) you need to look at sterilizing your shoes or getting new ones, then keeping them sterile…

Keep reading down the page; there is further advice on how to treat your feet, and it could be these steps are needed to heal your ulcers or at least make them manageable…

Washing Your Feet
Is Important!


Wash your feet at least 3 times a day using a gentle anti-microbial solution. If your condition is serious you should be able to get a prescription for an anti-microbial cleanser...


If your symptoms are mild, but you are having foot pain as the result of a mild fungal condition, Enjoy a Tepid - Warm Soak water with anti-microbial solution, or, if you dont have anti-microbial solution to hand, you can use sea salt. The set back to this is that it will sting for a while...


After an infection has gone away it is a good idea to continue doing a cleansing maintanance routine by soaking your feet in a tub of warm salt water. This will serve to keep your feet clean as sea salt is a natural anti-bacterial. You can also put tea tree oil on a flannel and put it into the water…

About Tea Tree Oil, do not add a lot in, use 2-3 drops only, and please note that tea tree oil can sting if there is open skin, but the stinging will go away...

  • Do not do this if your wounds are large and deep...!


Another treatment is Allicin Gel or Cream; you can apply this after washing. I have seen skin that has been put through the ringer from eczema and ongoing ulcerations knit itself back together through proper use of this outstanding topical medication. I use it myself for all skin irritations. Below you will find a couple Allicin Products from Allicin International…

You can also explore the Allicin International website for more products. The Ali-Med  range is more appropriate for severe skin conditions…

Find out more at www.allicininternational.com...!

Get Proper
Fitting Shoes…!

Make sure your shoes fit properly to avoid blistering and sores. Shoes that ‘breath’ such as Birkenstock, or athletic shoes made of breathable mesh can be the best choices if you are prone to foot fungus. It’s not glamorous but neither is foot fungus or foot ulcers…

Cramming your foot into an ill-fitting pair of Jimmy Choo’s is only going to aggravate the situation…

  • Ill fitting shoes can be the perpetraitors of several kinds of joint pain as well; such as ankle, knee and hip pain...


Foot fungus is often at the root of what can become a horrible mess with diabetic retinopathy, and no amount of glamour inconvenience is worth the mess you will encounter with ulcers or advanced fungus…!

If you are not in the position financially to afford yourself shoes that fit perfectly, go a size larger and then use clean cloth to pad the shoes to fit your feet. This will work better than a size too small...

Whatever you use as a shoe on your foot, make sure that it is protective, and as clean as possible...

Avoid wearing shoes that have been worn by other people; this could worsen your condition...

Sterilize Your
Footwear…


Sterilize your foot wear using a drying, ultra- violet, ionizing machine for shoes. If you look on Amazon, these come in all shapes, sizes and prices. The cheapest way by far to sterilize your shoes is to put them out in the sun, however, this works best with athletic shoes where you can remove laces and insoles easily….
 
If you have a fine pair of handmade Italian leather shoes, putting them out in the sun is not recommended. This is when an ultraviolet sterilizer comes in handy…

Or, if you live in Britain, Sweden, Denmark or a country that experiences several months of dark, cloudy, cold weather, shoe sterilizers are a brilliant solution to the winter months…

Bandaging Foot
Ulcers…

Bandaging a foot ulcer can be tricky business…

This is because bandages often come off feet too easily…

If you are diabetic or prone to foot fungus, don’t let that little sore get away from you…!

A foot ulcer can turn into a messy, smelly problem in no time at all, so let’s learn a little about bandages and what shape they need to be so they will protect your foot…

You can have a look around at a few bandages Amazon offers, or observing the shape of their bandages, attempt to make your own with sterilized cloth to treat your foot ulcer…

Summary

Your condition can go from minor to a major mess in a very short time whether you have Diabetic Retinopathy or are a person who is just having some trouble with a bacterial or fungal infection on their foot…

There are 5 important things to remember:

  • Keep your feet clean…
  • Keep your footwear sterilized…
  • Wear shoes that fit…
  • Know how to bandage your feet if you have open wounds…!
  • Wear shoes that breath…
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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”