Us vs. ulcers: How to fight back

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At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we’re walking with you on your journey to healthier feet and ankles. If you have diabetes, we know that your journey may include being proactive against painful diabetic ulcers. If untreated, these ulcers can become infected. Our biggest recommendation for fighting back is to look carefully at your feet and begin immediate treatment for open wounds.  

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about diabetic ulcers: 

What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic ulcer is a type of ulcer that specifically impacts patients with diabetes. For people with diabetes, having a condition known as diabetic neuropathy impacts the ability to feel the pain or discomfort that is often caused by a corn or callus. As a corn or callus becomes irritated from additional friction, the skin begins to break down. The result is a diabetic ulcer, which is at high risk for infection. 

What happens if a diabetic ulcer becomes infected?

If a diabetic ulcer becomes infected, increased pain and discomfort can be expected. Additionally, for patients with poor circulation, gangrene can be a result, too. 

How can you treat a diabetic ulcer?

Following the discovery of an ulcer, we recommend that patients make an appointment with a podiatrist. The immediate priority is to prevent infection and ensure that no other areas are at risk for an ulcer to form. Treatment starts with working to reduce pressure on the area. This can be done with orthotics. 

Where do diabetic ulcers form?

If you have a diabetic ulcer, you will most likely discover it on your foot. Since the foot is exposed to constant friction, corns and calluses often form in this location. 

Do you still have questions? For residents of the North Houston area, be sure to visit us at one of the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Our board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons is experienced in treating diabetic wounds and providing prevention tips for patients with diabetes. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114.