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Common Disorders

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What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic ulcer is a breakdown of the skin on an area of the foot. An ulcer can develop quickly and may be painful and difficult to heal. Infection is a common complication. It is important to have an x-ray to determine whether there is any bone involvement when an ulcer is present.

CAUSES OF DIABETIC ULCERS

  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Lack of sensation
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Trauma
  • Heredity

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Consult a podiatric physician immediately.
  • Alert the doctor's office that you are a diabetic with a foot sore.
  • Self-treatment is not recommended for this serious condition.

WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform x-ray evaluation.
  • Perform debridement and wound care.
  • Conduct laboratory tests.
  • Initiate total medical team approach, which may include your family practice doctor, endocrinologist, internist, vascular surgeon, and infectious disease specialist.

Source: APMA