Q. What can we do for faster recovery of diabetic foot ulcer?

Answered by
Dr. Hariharan V
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 11, 2015 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My mother is 53 years old  and she weighs 60 kg. She has fell down and tried home remedy for foot but, the foot has become worse. Now she is hospitalized. Her sugar level was 295 on the first day and now they have controlled it with insulin and today her sugar level is 180. What can we do for faster recovery? I have sent a photograph of the wound. Kindly view it and advice.



Welcome to From the pictures, it is a clearly indicative of diabetic foot ulceration (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • Since she has uncontrolled diabetes, the nerves and blood vessels to the foot have been affected and have become ulcerated. The depth of the wound is large and it would take some time to heal. Extensive debriding (removal of yellow colored dead tissues) from the wound should be done twice a day and dressing should be done.
  • This must be the management for the first week. Intravenous antibiotics should be given, pus must be taken and given to the lab for culture and sensitivity (to know which bacteria is present and which drugs will work). Then appropriate antibiotics should be given along with twice daily dressing.
  • The yellow slough should disappear slowly and red colour tissue should appear (only then it is healing).
  • Do not discharge her now itself, since there is a chance that the underlying bone can also be affected if necessary care is not given (osteomyelitis). So, my advice is to make her stay in the hospital for one week. They will control infection by antibiotics and control blood sugar using insulin. Once red tissue appears, she can be discharged. 
  • For the next week take her to nearby doctor for dressing twice or once daily. She has to continue insulin until the wound heals completely. She also has to take antibiotics for the next week also. 
  • After that, you please learn how to do dressing and do dressing at home twice a day. The wound will heal slowly only, since her blood vessels and nerves are damaged due to diabetes.

The Probable causes:

Uncontrolled Diabetes - Neuropathy

Investigations to be done:

Pus culture and sensitivity, blood sugar levels and HbA1c

Treatment plan:

Dressing for three to four weeks, drugs for 2-3 weeks and insulin until the wound heals completely.

Preventive measures:

All diabetic people must check both their feet while bathing every day and if any abnormality appears, should consult the doctor immediately.

Regarding follow up:

For further follow up, consult a diabetologist online.--->

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
Clinical Management of Diabetes in Hospitalized COVID Patient

Introduction: With this raging second wave of COVID-19, there are conditions such as black fungus being reported in COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes, and also high blood sugar level ...   Read full

What complications can occur if I continued to have high blood sugar levels?

Has diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, gout, slight renal failure, had a heart attack almost 10 years ago and underwent a procedure of having two stents in his heart ...   Read full

Is it safe to take Gabapentin for diabetic neuropathy?

.. more potent than Pregabalin. It is an excellent drug. The possible side effect is dizziness. As you have taken Pregabalin 150 mg previously and so Gabapentin suits you. Gabapentin NT contains Nortryptilline which helps with neuropathic pain. Most ...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Monkeypox Virus - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Complications, and Prevention
Monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease. This virus got its name as it was first noticed in laboratory monkeys in the late...  Read more»
Tomato Fever - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Tomato fever is an unidentified and fast-spreading type of viral infection seen in young children. Scroll down to know m...  Read more»
Histrionic Personality Disorder - Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Histrionic personality disorder causes variations in the thinking ability of a person. Read this article to know more.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Diabetologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.