Ulcers are Prone to Infection

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Ulcers are a painful condition to have, especially since they have a tendency to become infected. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can treat your foot ulcers at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.

Foot Ulcers are open sores that can be shallow in nature but are often deep and may involve tendons or bones. They are generally located on the side or underneath the foot and on the top of toes. Foot ulcers are painful when nerve activity in the infected area is at a normal functioning level. Those with diabetes and others with poor circulation are prone to getting this condition and although foot ulcers are generally difficult to heal, it can be even more slower to heal for those with these conditions. When the ulcer becomes infected, it can become an abscess, an infection of the bone or even gangrene. Again, those with diabetes may develop serious infections that require amputations.

Factors that increase the likelihood of developing this condition include:

  • Neuropathy, because of the nerve damage.
  • Diabetes.
  • Circulation problems, since the deprivation of oxygen makes the skin more prone to injuries that do not heal timely.
  • Bones or muscle deformities since feet are placed under greater friction forces inside of shoes.

Preventative tips include checking all over the feet daily for cracks or abnormalities. Good hygiene is even more important and can be followed by washing your feet every day with soap and warm water. Keeping feet dry is also important. Utilizing shoes that are soft with wide toe boxes help to prevent friction. Treatment options may include the use of antibiotics if an infection has spread. When the above methods are not helpful, surgery may be required to unclutter any blocked arteries in the legs.

Foot ulcers can lead to serious complications, particularly for those with other underlying health conditions. To avoid unnecessary difficulties, please contact us now for helpful treatment of your ulcers.