Ulcers can be very dangerous, and early treatment and prevention are very important. A foot ulcer is an open sore or wound in the foot. It can either be a superficial wound (close to the surface of the skin of the foot) or a deep foot wound (down to bone).
According to ACFAS, “they can be caused by excess pressure due to ill-fitting shoes, long periods in bed, or after an injury that breaks the skin. Ulcers are commonly seen in patients who have diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease.” When a diabetic foot ulcer (or any foot sore) is present, there is a significantly increased risk of getting an infection.
Drs. Ryan and Shaynah Goldfine are foot wound care specialists. If you are at risk of developing a foot ulcer, or currently have a foot ulcer, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your Podiatrist might assist by cleaning unhealthy tissue in the wound, taking x-rays, culturing the wound, prescribing antibiotics, or by ordering an MRI/CT/ultrasound. Sometimes if necessary, grafts or other advanced materials are prescribed and applied.
Foot surgery might be necessary depending on the cause and extent of the foot ulcer. While it is important for proper treatment, our Podiatrists are experts at helping to prevent the wounds from coming back once they are healed.
Diabetic leg ulcers and diabetic sores need immediate care. Please feel free to reach out to our physicians!