Foot Ulcers

Thursday, 21 September 2017  |  Admin


                                                


An ulcer is an open wound that may leak clear fluid and as with any open wound, it is prone to infection and must be cleaned and dressed regularly. If the fluid becomes discoloured, that would be an indication of an infection being present. They arise from the breakdown of the skin on the bottom of the foot.

Foot ulcers are a serious condition and if left untreated in extreme cases can result in amputation. Diabetics are particularly prone to this condition as they experience the loss of sensation to: touch, pain, heat or cold. To reduce the onset of micro vascular disease, of which can lead to the development of ulcers, they must maintain their blood glucose levels, watch their weight and avoid smoking.
 
Treatment & Prevention
 
Self-treatment is not recommended and a registered chiropodist, podiatrist or doctor must be consulted so that they can confirm and treat this serious condition. They may treat it by surgically removing the dead skin but this is usually only done if the condition is caught in its early stages.

If a reduction in circulation is found then you would be referred to a vascular surgeon. He would carry out tests to determine the level of blockage to the artery and treat as necessary.

After treatment the use of gel insoles may help to relieve pressure and therefore they would allow the ulcer to heal.