Foot Problems

Diabetic Ulcers

A diabetic ulcer is a breakdown of the skin tissue on an area of the foot. An ulcer can develop quickly and may be painful and difficult to heal. Infection is a common complication. It may be necessary is important to have an X-ray to determine whether there is any bone involvement when an ulcer is present.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist - Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Causes Of Diabetic Ulcers

  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Lack of sensation
  • Chronic irritation from ill-fitting shoes
  • Trauma

What can you do?

  • Consult a podiatrist immediately.
  • Alert the doctor's office that you are a diabetic with a foot sore.
  • Self-treatment is not recommended for this serious condition.

What can a Podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Request an X-ray, bone scan, CT, MRI or other imaging studies.
  • Perform debridement and wound care.
  • Recommend laboratory tests to G.P.
  • Initiate total medical team approach, which may include your family practice doctor, endocrinologist, internist, vascular surgeon, and infectious disease specialist.