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    Sorry about my spelling,but my dad is a diabetes if that is what you call it.A year ago he got like a presure sore at the bottom of his big toe. He tried to take care of it himself but it did not work out and he had to see the doc.Doc told him they had to opperate to remove all the hard skin and cut into presure sore to remove all the dirt and and and.Its now one year later and the wound is still not ok,just as he thinks its getting better the skin cracks and so he carries on.Any advise him

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    Hi, I am sorry about your dad and the unhealing sore. I have been a diabetic for 20 years and unfortunately, being a diabetic causes us to heal much much slower then non-diabetics. Has your dad been to a wound doctor? Does he go to a specialist for his diabetes?

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    Is he keeping his sugar level under control with either diet, meds, or insulin? Bacteria love glucose, so that is why diabetics are more suseptible to sores and slow healing. I hope he is being followed by a doctor who maybe is a diabetes specialist?

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    Diabetic foot ulcers are not just because of poor control of diabetes. They are also caused by the common peripheral neuropathy (causing loss of sensation in the feet) and microvascular changes in the feet in those with diabetes, which makes it very difficult to heal these wounds. They are the major cause of amputations in people with diabetes.

    If he is not working closely with a good endocrinologist for his diabetes control, and a wound or podiatry specialist in diabetic ulcers, get him to these specialists. He also needs to be wearing special diabetic socks and shoes. Amputations can easily result from even the smallest foot ulcers in those with diabetes.

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    Hes suger level is up and down,he injects himself every morning but still sometimes go up to 17-20 which is very bad.Sci-nurse will the diabetic socks not sqeeze his feet and give him less blood flow to his feet.he already dont have lots of sensation in his feet

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    I know you asked SCI nurse about the socks but I thought I would jump in and answer this question. Diabetic socks are the opposite of compression socks. They are made with wide cuffs and no seams to cause problems. You can even buy ones with wide/wide cuffs to go over swollen ankles or if he happens to be overweight. They are made of mostly cotton with just a little stretchy material blended in. Not a lot of color choices, basically black or white, but they are the best thing out there for people whose circulation should never be restricted.

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    I'm sure you have many places in South Africa that are easier to get them from, but here is a link for you from a company that says they deliver worldwide.

    http://www.diabeticpromotions.com/DP/product/SKSC.shtml

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