An ulcer is a condition in which skin tissue breaks down on a certain area of the foot. They can be quick to occur but difficult to heal. An X-ray could be needed to see if the bone underneath is involved.
Causes of Ulcers
- Diabetes mellitus that is not controlled
- Vascular insufficiency
- A lack of sensation
- Trauma to the area
- Severe irritation from improperly fitted footwear
What can a patient do?
- Immediately see a podiatrist
- Inform the doctor’s office that you suffer from diabetes and have a foot sore
- Do not attempt self-treatment
What can a podiatrist do for you?
- Examine the affected area
- Perform any necessary tests such as X-ray or MRI to rule out bone involvement
- Care for the wound, perform debridement and prescribe antibiotics
- Alert a team of doctors, including the family practice doctor, internist, endocrinologist, vascular surgeon, and infectious disease specialist to fully deal with the ulcer