Find out the best way to prevent diabetic ulcers from happening to you.
What is a diabetic foot ulcer and how do you know what to look for if you suspect that you might have one? When it comes to ulcers and other foot issues, it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention from one of our Philadelphia, PA, and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ podiatrists if you have diabetes, as even small issues can lead to more serious complications.
What is a diabetic foot ulcer?
These are open sores or wounds that develop on the feet. These sores are often red, warm to the touch, and tender. In some cases there may be pus present or the sore may smell.
Foot ulcers in those with diabetes are actually quite common. In fact, about 1 in 4 people with diabetes will develop at least one ulcer during their lifetime. Even though they are common, it’s still important to take them seriously if the issue arises, as it can cause serious and life-threatening complications including infection, ischemia and amputation.
What does a diabetic foot ulcer look like?
Many times an ulcer occurs after the foot has sustained an injury, such as stepping on something or developing cracks from dry skin. While these minor injuries will often go away on their own in those without diabetes, if you have diabetes even the slightest foot injury can lead to diabetic foot ulcers and other problems.
What causes diabetic foot ulcers?
If you also have any of these conditions or factors below then you are at an increased risk for developing diabetic foot ulcers,
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Being male
- Being over the age of 60
When should I seek treatment for a diabetic ulcer?
It’s important to turn to your foot doctor in Philadelphia as soon as you notice an ulcer. Waiting more than 6 weeks for treatment could prevent the ulcer from healing properly.
Our podiatrists know the best treatment options to help you manage and effectively get rid of a diabetic foot ulcer. If you have diabetes it’s important that you have a foot specialist you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
The Foot & Ankle Group offers comprehensive foot care to patients of all ages living in Philadelphia, Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus, NJ. If you are dealing with any changes in your diabetic feet call us right away.