A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound that occurs on the foot, heel, or toes of a person with diabetes. The elevated blood glucose levels of a diabetic patient can lead to nerve damage and contribute to a lack of feeling in the feet. If an injury occurs, they may not feel pain and may not be aware of the injury. Furthermore, poor circulation and a weakened immune system commonly associated with diabetes can reduce the body’s ability to heal quickly making diabetic patients prone to infection. It is important to seek treatment immediately if an ulcer is found as diabetic foot ulcers should be treated as soon as possible to minimize the risk of further infection or amputations.request an appointment
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing foot ulcers:
- Avoid cutting or shaving your callus on your own as you may cause more damage
- Inspect your feet daily
- Maintain good blood sugar levels
- Trim your toenails straight across to reduce your risk of ingrown nails that can lead to infection
- Wear shoes that protect and support your feet without causing friction or pressure
With good conservative care by your podiatrist and your cooperation, a diabetic foot ulcer can be managed and treated successfully. We can remove dead skin and foreign objects that may have caused the ulcer as well as treat any signs of infection. In severe cases, surgery may be performed to alleviate pressure around the ulcer. In some severe cases, amputation may be necessary, but it is only used as the last option for treatment and once all other treatment options have been tried and exhausted.
For more information on diabetic foot ulcers or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today at (702) 362-2622.