People who suffer from diabetes are known to be at a higher risk for foot problems and complications due to their disease. These foot problems can be very severe and can take a longer time to heal than the average podiatric issue. Diabetic feet are very fragile and need more care than the typical foot. Therefore, it is important to check diabetic feet regularly in order to prevent problems that can become very dire, such as foot ulcers.
Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down often from wounds, which leads to the exposure of the layers underneath. They’re most common under your big toes and the balls of your feet, and they can affect your feet down to the bone. Many people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from a loss of feeling in their feet. Because of this, they do not notice that an ulcer is forming. Over time they become open wounds and can get infected, which can cause severe disease, tissue death and can eventually lead to amputation if not caught in time.
Since foot ulcers and foot pain can plague anyone with diabetes, it is important to incorporate good foot care to prevent these debilitating conditions. Treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and foot pain varies depending on their causes and the severity. A podiatrist will look at the ulcer and determine the best course of treatment for each individual case.
- Drainage from your foot
- Odors from one or both feet
If there is black looking skin around the foot ulcer, seek help from a podiatrist immediately! If you do not have a regular podiatrist, seek the help of an emergency care facility or your primary care doctor. This is a very serious symptom. This forms because of the lack of a healthy blood flow to the area around the ulcer. Partial or complete gangrene can appear around the ulcer. In this case, odorous discharge, pain, and numbness can occur. This can also lead to partial or full amputation of the affected area.
- Poor circulation
- High blood sugar
- Nerve damage
- Irritated or wounded feet
If you experience foot pain or discomfort, it is important to consult with your podiatrist to ensure it’s not a serious problem, as infected ulcers can result in severe consequences. Call Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area in Florida. Dr. Kales will be able to determine how severe your ulcer is and what action would be appropriate for treatment. Call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today. Keep your feet in the clear and have them examined by us regularly to prevent severe illness from occurring in the future.