Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Diabetes is a chronic condition, and it impacts millions of people. If you have diabetes, one of the symptoms is that wounds take longer than usual to heal. This can be dangerous, and a wound may develop into a diabetic foot ulcer. Dr. Issam Mansour and his team at Ankle & Foot Care Specialists are here to answer your questions and provide tips to be proactive.

What is a diabetic foot ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound, and it typically forms on the bottom of the foot. If treatment is delayed, patients are at an increased risk of infection.

When a person has diabetes, two complications can lead to foot ulcers: neuropathy and poor blood circulation. With neuropathy or nerve damage, patients often miss that they have a scrape or a cut on their foot. This delayed response can allow the cut to worsen over time. For people with poor blood circulation, this impacts the blood flow to the feet, which is key for healing wounds.

What are the symptoms of a diabetic foot ulcer?

An open sore in addition to the following:

  • Unpleasant odor
  • Swelling
  • Drainage (on socks)
  • Redness

How do you treat a diabetic ulcer?

The first step of treatment is to begin the healing process. The goal is to reduce the chance of infection. Then, the next step of action is to remove pressure off the ulcer and reduce pain. We may suggest a special footgear, crutches or a wheelchair. We will apply medication and dressings as needed and continue to monitor the wound.

How can I prevent an ulcer from developing?

  • Maintain regular appointments with your podiatrist
  • Keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels
  • Wear supportive and comfortable shoes
  • Stop smoking, reduce your cholesterol, and limit your alcohol intake

Dr. Issam Mansour is a board-certified podiatrist. If you call the Livonia area your home and think you have a diabetic ulcer, visit our office to discuss treatment. Don’t delay. Request an appointment online or call us at 734-744-5661.

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Tuesday 10:30AM – 3:30PM
Wednesday 10.00AM – 6.00PM
Thursday 10:30AM – 3:30PM
Friday 9.00AM – 5.00PM
Saturdays By Appointment Only

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