Foot ulcers are a serious concern for anyone who is a diabetic. An ulcer or sore on your foot should never be ignored since it can quickly develop into a serious complication such as an infection. Many people with diabetes experience what's known as diabetic foot ulcers, so it is important to seek medical attention from a Grapevine podiatrist at the earliest sign of a problem.
Common Causes of Foot Ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers can begin as a small blister or sore then worsen over time. If you have a condition such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, you may not feel the ulcer or any other foot condition due to a lack of sensation in the foot. Foot ulcers can be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Stubbing or injuring your toe
- Having a foot deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe
- Having high blood sugar
- Having poor circulation
- Being overweight/obese
Diabetic Foot Ulcers and the Symptoms That Come With Them
Understanding the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers is key to prevention. A daily check of the feet is an essential part of diabetes management. Checking your feet for any signs of an ulcer or changes in appearance can help prevent any problems from turning into serious issues. There are signs to be aware of that can alert you to a developing ulcer on your foot such as:
- Blood or staining on your socks
- Foul odor
Complications From a Foot Ulcer
It is important to consult with an experienced Grapevine podiatrist at the first sign of an ulcer on your foot. If an ulcer or wound is left untreated, the risk of developing an infection is high. Treating diabetic foot ulcers early will reduce your chance of complications. The quicker an ulcer is treated, the less likely an infection will occur.
The complications from a foot ulcer can lead to serious medical conditions such as:
- Blood infection
- Infection of the bone or surrounding tissue
- Amputation of the affected foot or toe
Contact Our Experienced Grapevine Podiatrist
If you are diabetic and have signs of diabetic foot ulcers or other problem with your feet, contact our Grapevine Podiatrist at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for help. To request an appointment in our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office today.