Patients with diabetes have to closely monitor their body, and especially their feet for injuries. Diabetic foot ulcers are a serious complication that can affect patients with diabetes. A diabetic foot ulcer is a sore that develops on the foot as a result of an injury or shoes rubbing the skin raw. Diabetes decreases the blood flow in patients, which puts them at risk for developing diabetic ulcers because injuries heal at a much slower rate than patients without diabetes.
Diabetic foot ulcers are more common than other types of ulcers because sores can develop as a result of your foot rubbing against your footwear. Another complication of diabetes, Diabetic neuropathy, causes numbness in the feet, so you may not feel a sore start to develop. For this reason, it is vital that all diabetes patients check their feet on a daily basis and always wear shoes that fit properly. If a diabetic foot ulcer appears, seek medical treatment immediately before a sore turns into a diabetic foot ulcer. If not caught in time or left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can result in amputation if the ulcer continues to get worse and becomes infected. If you think you might have foot ulcers, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our podiatrists in Port St. Lucie and at our other locations can provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today
What are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
A diabetic foot ulcer is a sore that develops on the foot as a result of an injury. If you have an accident or bang your foot, it is important to check immediately and inspect the injury. In addition, you should check your feet on a regular basis to make sure that a sore is not forming from your shoes rubbing against your skin. In many cases, diabetics also suffer from neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by diabetes. Nerve damage can cause numbness and you might not feel a sore forming, which is why it is necessary to check your feet every day. If the skin is broken, seek immediate treatment from your doctor or podiatrist. Prevention and early treatment are important factors with diabetic foot sores to prevent more serious complications.
Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Ulcers?
The obvious symptom of foot ulcers is the presence of a sore on the foot of a patient with diabetes. Diabetes causes conditions such as neuropathy (nerve damage that causes numbness) and a decrease in blood flow. This means you may not feel a sore and your body’s natural healing powers are limited by the decreased blood flow. Symptoms of further complications of diabetic foot ulcers include infection that can lead to amputation if the ulcer cannot heal with treatment.
Treatment Diabetic Foot Ulcers
The sooner treatment starts for a foot sore, the better chance of being able to heal the diabetic foot ulcer with the treatments available. Treatment for foot ulcers start out with antibiotics and bandaging the affected area to aid in healing and protect from further injury with special types of wound dressings. Special, medicated wound dressing include absorptive fillers and a recent advancement in a biologically active bandage. Newer types of treatments are also being applied to promote healing and reduce the risk of amputation. Advanced diabetic foot ulcer treatments include platet-rich fibrin therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, negative pressure wound therapy, and topical administration of stem cells. The best diabetic foot ulcer treatment is, of course, prevention. Check your feet regularly and follow your doctor’s instructions on controlling your diabetes.
Diagnosing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for foot ulcer treatment? There can be a bit of apprehension when visiting a podiatrist in order to find out what is causing your foot pain or discomfort. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and provide diabetic foot pain relief. Diagnosing a condition like diabetic foot ulcers is done during a physical examination. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing diabetic foot ulcer treatment. Working closely with our doctors and following instructions is an important part of treatment success. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving your discomfort and getting you back on your feet. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits, which includes state of the art innovations in diabetic foot ulcer treatment and prevention.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Port St. Lucie podiatrists, as well as podiatrists at our other locations, are very experienced in diagnosing and treating foot ulcers. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.