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Diabetic Sores & Foot Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Learn how to effectively manage diabetic sores and foot ulcers

Living with diabetes requires careful attention to your foot health, as diabetes can lead to various complications such as diabetic sores on the feet. At Signature Foot & Ankle, we understand the importance of managing these sores effectively to prevent further complications. In this guide, we'll explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for diabetic sores on feet, empowering you to take control of your foot health.

Causes of Diabetic Sores & Ulcers on Feet

Diabetic sores, also known as diabetic foot ulcers, develop due to a combination of factors, including:

  1. Poor Blood Circulation: Diabetes can damage blood vessels, leading to reduced blood flow to the feet. Poor circulation impairs the body's ability to heal wounds effectively.
  2. Nerve Damage (Neuropathy): Diabetic neuropathy affects the nerves in the feet, causing numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation. Patients may not feel minor injuries or irritation, allowing sores to develop unnoticed.
  3. Foot Deformities: Conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, or Charcot foot can create pressure points and friction, increasing the risk of developing ulcers.

Symptoms of Diabetic Sores on Feet

Recognizing the early signs of diabetic foot ulcers is crucial for prompt treatment. Common symptoms include:

  1. Persistent Redness or Swelling: Ulcers may appear as red, swollen areas on the feet, often accompanied by warmth and tenderness.
  2. Open Wounds or Sores: Diabetic foot ulcers typically present as non-healing wounds, often located on the bottom of the foot or around pressure points.
  3. Drainage or Odor: Infected ulcers may produce pus or emit a foul odor. It's essential to seek medical attention if you notice any signs of infection.

Treatment Options for Diabetic Sores on Feet

At Signature Foot & Ankle, we offer comprehensive treatment options to address diabetic foot ulcers effectively:

  1. Wound Care: Proper wound care is essential for promoting healing and preventing infection. This may include cleaning the wound, applying medicated dressings, and offloading pressure from the affected area.
  2. Offloading Devices: Specialized footwear or orthotic devices can help redistribute pressure away from ulcers, allowing them to heal more efficiently.
  3. Infection Management: If an ulcer becomes infected, prompt treatment with antibiotics may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
  4. Revascularization Procedures: In cases of severe arterial insufficiency, surgical procedures may be recommended to restore blood flow to the feet.

Take Control of Your Foot Health

Don't let diabetic sores on your feet compromise your quality of life. At Signature Foot & Ankle, our experienced podiatrists are dedicated to providing compassionate care and personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs. Schedule an appointment online today or call us at 561-203-9285 to take the first step toward healthier feet.

Stephanie Kane, DPM

Stephanie Kane, DPM

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Dr. Stephanie Kane is a highly trained Foot & Ankle Surgeon who looks forward to treating all your podiatry needs.

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