A foot ulcer is a wound or open sore, often on the bottom of the foot. Ulcers are serious medical issues requiring the immediate attention of your podiatrist. When undiagnosed and untreated, they can lead to infection, hospitalization, and even amputation in extreme cases.
Foot Ulcers and Diabetes
Men and women with diabetes often experience a loss of sensation in their feet as a result of peripheral neuropathy. This means that diabetes causes diminished circulation which, in turn, makes it hard to feel pain in your feet. Small nicks, cuts, and other wounds can go unnoticed and begin to fester. In time, they turn into dangerous ulcers. Diabetics whose blood sugar is uncontrolled are particularly at risk of neuropathy and foot ulcers. If you have diabetes, it’s essential that you manage your illness carefully. Stick to your new diet and take any prescribed medication regularly.
Getting Familiar with Your Feet
People with diabetes need to inspect their feet daily in order to be aware of any changes or potential problems. If challenges to mobility or flexibility make it difficult to see your feet, enlist a spouse or family member to help you. Another option is to invest in a small, inexpensive mirror. Put it on the floor and use it to view your feet easily and comfortably.
What If a Foot Ulcer Develops?
If you find anything out of the ordinary on your foot, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to care for any issue related to your feet, ankles, or lower legs. A wound that is becoming infected or ulcerated requires immediate care. If your podiatrist diagnoses a foot ulcer, s/he will have numerous treatment options available, including bandaging, debridement (removal) of dead skin and tissue, prescription medications, and taking pressure off the area with crutches or a walker. If these steps don’t resolve the issue, more serious options like surgery will have to be considered.
Podiatrist Dr. James M. McKee can help you with foot ulcers or anything else related to your podiatric health. Call Podiatry Group of Annapolis at 410-224-4448 or contact us online today to schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable, modern office in Annapolis, MD.