What is a Foot Ulcer?

Feb 17, 2021

Wounds and Ulcers occur when the outer layers of the skin are injured, and the deeper tissue becomes exposed. Wounds can be caused by excess pressure due to ill-fitting shoes, long periods in bed or after an injury that breaks the skin, or even very thick calluses can compromise the skin. Ulcers are commonly seen in patients who have neuropathy, diabetes, or vascular disease. Wounds that remain open for a long time can put patients at increased risk of developing an infection in the skin and bone. Diabetic patients must be extra cautious as due to the neuropathy; they may not realize the wound is present on the foot before it’s too late and already infected.

The sign and symptoms of ulcers may include drainage, odor, or red, inflamed, thickened tissue. Pain may or may not be present.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, please see your podiatrist or any available healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Diagnosis may include x-rays to evaluate possible bony involvement, blood work to rule out any systemic infection. Other advanced imaging studies may also be ordered to evaluate for vascular disease, which may affect a patient’s ability to heal the wound.

Ulcers are treated by removing the unhealthy tissue and performing local wound care to assist in healing. Special shoes or padding may be used to remove excess pressure on the area. If an infection is present, antibiotics will be necessary. IN severe cases that involve extensive infection or are slow to heal, surgery or other advanced wound care treatments may be necessary.

Come visit us at SVPG for same-day appointments to get your wound evaluated and healed. At SVPG, we use advanced procedures in our wound healing protocols to help you heal as quickly as possible and give you the best chance at a positive outcome.

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