Can You Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers Naturally?
December 17, 2018
Foot ulcers: no one loves to talk about them, but they are a painful fact of life for many people living with diabetes. These complications form as a result of skin tissue breaking down and exposing the other tissue underneath. This can sometimes start small with an irritation, blister, or wound, and can turn into a bigger problem if not treated properly.
There are several different types of treatment for foot ulcers, including antibiotics and other prescription medications. However, these types can be costly and have some unwelcome side effects. Luckily, many people looking to heal diabetic foot ulcers naturally have also found success with ayurvedic, homeopathic, or other natural remedies. Read on for how these treatment options may work for you, too.
Herbal Treatments for Foot Ulcers
Though Chinese medicine and herbal treatments have only recently become popular in Western culture, there are several proven herbal treatments and homeopathic remedies for diabetic foot ulcers. According to Podiatry Today, aloe vera has been shown to decrease inflammation and pain. Aloe vera is also used to treat sunburns, so you can often find it in most drugstores or pharmacies.
WinViVo Healing Balm is a topical ointment that has been shown to help heal foot ulcers. It is made from camellia oil and extracts of tree peony bark, coptis root, and rhubarb root. This balm can be found online or in some drugstores.
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum, while hard to pronounce, can also help prevent pus in a foot ulcer, which prevents further irritation to the wound.
Using Honey for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Honesy is typically the natural method for treating foot ulcers that gets the most attention. Honey has many therapeutic benefits, including reducing inflammation and preventing growth of harmful bacteria.
Oftentimes people who wish to use honey as a natural foot ulcer remedy will first clean the area with salt water, and then coat the wound with honey before wrapping in gauze. In a recent study, 12 patients with foot ulcers used honey in this way and were all healed within three weeks. They also reported decreased pain. Honey is especially helpful for people living with diabetes who may have used antibiotics for their foot ulcers before. Since bacteria can sometimes develop resistance to antibiotics, honey can be another healing option.
Other Over-The-Counter Foot Ulcer Treatment
Besides the ones listed above, there are a few other natural remedies for foot ulcers your doctor may recommend. Diabetic shoes, compressions, socks, and wraps may all help keep inflammation at bay, decrease pain, and ease movement. You can read about some of our favorite diabetic foot orthotics here.
Disclaimer: Foot ulcer symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.