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Common Symptoms of Foot Ulcers

Monday, 08 June 2020 00:00

Ulcers occur when deep tissues of the feet become exposed, often due to injuries and cuts on the outer layers of the skin. They can be caused by poorly fitting shoes, spending too much time in bed, or by an injury that pierces the skin. Some symptoms of ulcers include odor, red or inflamed tissue, as well as drainage. There may be some pain present as well, however, pain isn't always felt with a foot ulcer. Developing an ulcer may be more common for patients with diabetes, neuropathy, and vascular disease. To remove the unhealthy tissues and begin wound care, it is recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist. He or she will be able to prescribe the necessary antibiotics if an infection is present. If you are experiencing foot ulcers, please consult with your local podiatrist.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Boerne, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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