Tuesday, October 24, 2017
   
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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 diabetic mellitus.
  • Vascular insufficiency.
  • Lack of sensation.
  • 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.