Decubitus ulcers, which develop when the foot is exposed to unrelieved pressure, are common on the diabetic foot and especially on the heel. Patients who have been ill or immobilized are particularly vulnerable. Decubitus ulcers can develop in a short time. Contributing causes include:
• Foreign bodies in the bed (biscuit crumbs, etc.)
• Patients attempting to move in the bed by putting excessive pressure on the heels
• Sliding down the bed so that feet are in contact with bed end.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...