From Scratch to Ulcer: The Progression of Problems

Memorial Day is just around the corner. Time to break out the picnic basket, fire up the grill, and enjoy the weather (fingers crossed!), but if you have diabetes, before you head outside, heed this warning: unprotected feet can send you from backyard to hospital in a flash!Treat that scratch before it's an ulcer

While the average person can shrug off a scratch, blister, or stubbed toe, those with diabetes better not! Even such a minor wound can quickly progress into a major problem, and even lead to amputation. That’s because diabetes has a negative effect on circulation, restricting blood flow and in turn, inhibiting your body’s ability to heal.

You see, it’s your blood that carries the healing nutrients to an injury, and since your feet are farthest from your heart, a wound on your foot has a long time to wait for your blood to arrive as it is. The longer it waits, the worse it gets, and the more susceptible it becomes to infection. What may have started as a scratch can easily end up a dangerous ulcer in the blink of an eye if you let nature run its course.

Don’t let that happen to you! Keep your socks and shoes on and check your feet every day, and if you do notice a scratch – act fast! Clean it with warm water, pat dry, apply antibacterial ointment and cover with a bandage. Keep a close eye out for any signs of infection, including fever, pain, redness around the wound, swelling, warmth, or draining. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately contact us for help by dialing (609) 924-8333 to reach our Princeton office, or (908) 687-5757 for our Roselle Park location.

Have a safe and fun Memorial weekend! If you need us at all, don’t hesitate to call.