Foot ulcers are a serious complication of diabetes. If you have signs of a foot ulcer, our Texas diabetic wound care podiatrists can examine your feet to determine the severity of the wound. They will recommend treatment options based on the stage of your ulcer and your specific needs.
Stages of a Foot Ulcer
If you have a foot ulcer, consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for an evaluation. After a podiatrist diagnoses the ulcer, they will give it a stage or classification in order to recommend treatment. One system used for staging the severity of an ulcer is the Wagner Ulcer Classification System. Using a 0 - 5 scale, a podiatrist will grade the ulcer based on its depth and the presence of gangrene.
The Wagner System Stages
Following a diagnosis, appropriate treatment recommendations can be made. The sooner a diabetic foot ulcer is treated, the more likely it will heal and not become a bigger problem.
Possible Treatment Options
Signs of a Foot Ulcer and How to Prevent Complications
If you notice an ulcer on your foot, don’t wait to get treatment, or you increase your risk for serious complications. Seeing a podiatrist at the first sign of a problem can prevent infections and even amputation. Having a condition such as diabetes puts you at an increased risk of developing a foot ulcer. Many ulcers go undetected because diabetes can cause a lack of sensation in your feet.
Signs of a Foot Ulcer
How to Prevent Serious Foot Ulcer Complications
Our Texas Podiatrist Can Help With a Foot Ulcer
If you have signs of a foot ulcer, seek treatment from the podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists. We can answer any questions you have about foot ulcers and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient online contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.