Diabetic Wound Care FAQs

What is a diabetic foot ulcer?
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are sores or wounds on the feet that occur in people with diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high. Among people with diabetes, about 15% experience a DFU in their lifetime, and approximately 2.5% develop a DFU each year. If left untreated, DFUs may not heal and may become infected. This can lead to serious complications. However, DFUs can be easily treated if caught early.

Are diabetic foot ulcers a common problem for people with diabetes?
Yes, about 15% of people with diabetes will develop a DFU in their lifetime.

Should I see a doctor if I only have a small sore on my foot?
Yes, if you have diabetes, any sore on your foot is a serious complication and should be treated by a physician immediately. If left untreated, DFUs may lead to serious complications.

What can I do to improve my chances for healing?
Seeing a wound care specialist is the first step towards healing. After you meet with a specialist, it's important to follow their treatment recommendations. Dr. Spiegl has been treating diabetic foot wounds for more than 30 years and our entire staff understands the critical necessity of getting advance wound care quickly. Unlike a typical wound care center with dressing changes, we use advanced modalities including dermal skin substitutes to heal an ulcer quickly and eliminate amputations. We act aggressively and work in conjunction with a network of local providers such as endocrinology, neurology, infectious disease, etc.

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