Foot Ulcer

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