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What Causes Foot Ulcers?


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1/20/2013
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Ulcers are skin wounds that are slow to heal. Foot ulcers are a common problem for diabetics.

 There are four major causes of foot ulcers.

  1. Neuropathic. Related to the nerves. Characterized by a loss of sensation in the feet.
  2. Arterial.  Related to poor blood circulation to the lower extremity. Arterial ulcers can be very painful. They are usually found on the tips of the toes, the lower legs, the ankle, the heel, and the top of the foot. Arterial ulcers can easily become infected.
  3. Venous. Related to compromised veins. Venous ulcers are slow to heal. They are often seen around the inside of the ankle.
  4. Decubitus. Related to excessive and prolonged pressure on one area of the foot. Bed sores on the backs of the heels are the most common type of decubitus ulcers in the feet.

Ulcers should always be treated appropriately. If you believe you have an ulcer on your foot, you seek medical attention. Infections related to ulcers can become serious.

Doing foot self-exams at home can help to prevent problems like ulcers from going too far. If you inspect your feet regularly, you should be able to catch problems before they become serious. If you notice a problem with your feet or something out of the ordinary while doing a self-exam, contact your podiatrist.

If you believe you are suffering from an ulcer and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.



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