Posts for category: Diabetic Ulcers
A common ailment we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care are diabetic foot ulcers. A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound on the foot, ankle, or lower leg. The most common spot for an ulcer is on the bottom of the foot. There are several factors that lead to an ulcer forming. They are typically caused by friction, but other factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking and being overweight also play a role in their development. Many people with diabetes also have neuropathy, a condition that dulls the feeling to their feet and/or legs. Since they cannot feel the rubbing of shoes, socks, or whatever else maybe causing friction to their feet, they do not feel the initial break in the skin that leads to the ulcer.
Diabetic foot ulcers are treatable, but they are often difficult to get rid of, and they pose a large risk for infection. The best thing to do is to check your feet daily for cuts or redness. Redness could be a sign of rubbing against the skin that could turn into an open wound. If you are diabetic and would like to have your feet checked for any areas of concern when it comes to ulcer formation, please call our office to set up an appt today.