Diabetic Ulcers Specialist

About Feet Podiatry Center

Podiatry located in Exton, PA

Over half of diabetic ulcers become seriously infected, and as many as 20% of those infected cases result in amputation. Because many diabetic foot wounds are preventable, the board-certified podiatrists offer comprehensive screenings and early treatment intervention at About Feet Podiatry Center. If you have diabetes and notice a foot wound, contact this Exton, Pennsylvania, podiatry clinic right away. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.

Diabetic Ulcers Q&A

What causes diabetic ulcers?

When you have diabetes, blood circulation throughout your body isn’t as efficient, often because of vessel and tissue damage associated with blood sugar spikes. What’s troubling is that blood flow to your lower extremities is already affected because of the natural effects of gravity.

These issues mean that cells and tissues don’t get the essential oxygen and nutrients they need to heal. When you have a wound, even if it’s a tiny cut, it may stay open to the elements for an extended period of time, which allows harmful bacteria and foreign invaders to enter. If left untreated, a diabetic ulcer is likely going to form.

Diabetes affects other aspects of skin health and wound healing, too. Your chances of suffering from a diabetic ulcer are elevated because of:

  • Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Decreased oil production 
  • Poor sweat secretion

These issues lead to dry skin and foot numbness that create an environment that promotes slow-healing wounds and serious ulceration. 

When should I get treatment for diabetic ulcers?

The top-rated podiatrists at About Feet Podiatry Center have extensive experience caring for diabetic patients and treating the most complex of diabetic ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers are broken down into four stages, as described below, and any of the symptoms warrant an immediate evaluation.

Stage 1

A stage 1 diabetic ulcer means that you have reddened and inflamed wounds over bony areas, like your ankle or toe joint.

Stage 2

With a stage 2 diabetic ulcer, you start developing blisters or cracked skin. Your skin may even start peeling and lose thickness in the top two layers.

Stage 3

If you have a stage 3 diabetic ulcer, you have broken skin and often bloody drainage. This type of ulcer leads to further skin thickness loss in subcutaneous tissue between your skin and muscle. 

Stage 4

The most serious of diabetic ulcers is a stage 4 ulcer. In this stage, your ulcer causes a serious breakdown in skin, muscle, tendon, and bone tissue. You’re also likely to have a bone infection (osteomyelitis).

How are diabetic ulcers treated?

Because diabetic ulcers are known for progressing rapidly, it’s important to come into About Feet Podiatry Center if you notice any kind of foot wound or related symptoms. Depending on the severity of your diabetic ulcer, your dedicated podiatrist may:

  • Perform a wound debridement procedure to remove dead skin
  • Thoroughly clean and drain your wound
  • Bandage your wound and teach you how to change dressings
  • Take measurements for custom orthotics or diabetic shoes
  • Prescribe antibiotic medications 

If you have a more complex diabetic ulcer, your podiatrist might recommend a limb salvage procedure. This specialized type of surgery involves removing ulcerated skin and performing any necessary tissue grafting to promote skin healing and preserve your limb.

Click on the online scheduler to book your diabetic ulcer evaluation at About Feet Podiatry Center today. You can also call to schedule your diabetic foot exam over the phone.