Foot ulcers occur from breaks in the skin of your feet. There are layers underneath the exposed opening that go far and deep. Symptoms of foot ulcers are swelling, redness and odors emitted from the ulcer. Furthermore, ulcers in those with diabetes are easy to develop due to reduced circulation, raised blood sugar quantities and nerve damage. The nerve problems in their feet cause a lack of sensation which makes it difficult for patients with diabetes to realize that they may have an ulcer on the sole of their foot. This may lead to amputations as the deficiency in blood flow to their feet makes ulcers dangerous. Proper care and treatment are essential in the successful fight against ulcers.
Treatment for this condition includes:
· Clean your feet on a daily basis.
· Refrain from walking barefoot.
· Use socks when possible.
· Participate in physical therapy which can increase circulation to your feet.
· Refrain from smoking as it can also hinder circulation.
· Use medications as needed to reduce the likelihood of developing serious infections in your ulcers.
· Skin grafts may be required to create an artificial barrier on the exposed skin of an ulcer to prevent infections from occurring. This coupled with oxygen therapy can provide great support for healing capabilities.
· Surgical intervention may be necessary when the above referenced conservative treatments do not prevent the proliferation of ulcers. This will help to decrease compression around the ulcer as well as to repair any deformities.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will provide the best foot care possible to treat your foot ulcers. If you’re experiencing ulcers on your feet, contact us to make an appointment today. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We will provide targeted treatment that will help your feet overcome the danger of ulcers. Please also review our Patient Education section to help identify foot ulcers on your feet and to be better prepared in the event they cause complications.