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
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.