By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Gangrene   Swelling   Ulcers   odor  

Diabetes has been known to cause foot problems for those who suffer from the disease. These foot problems can be very severe and have a hard time healing. The feet of those with diabetes are very fragile and are more likely to experience complications. It is important to check diabetic feet regularly in order to prevent problems that can become very dire such as foot ulcers.

Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down which leads to exposure of the layer underneath. They’re most common under your big toes and the balls of your feet, and they can affect your feet down to the bone.

All people with diabetes can develop foot ulcers and foot pain. Good foot care can help to prevent ulcers. Treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and foot pain varies depending on their causes and the severity of the case.

Symptoms:

  • Drainage from your foot
  • Swelling
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Odors from one or both feet

If black-looking skin surrounds the foot ulcer, seek help from a podiatrist immediately as this is very serious. This damaged skin forms because of an absence of healthy blood flow to the area around the ulcer. Partial or complete gangrene can appear around the ulcer. In this case, odorous discharge, pain, and numbness can occur.

Causes

  • Poor circulation
  • High blood sugar
  • Nerve damage
  • Irritated or wounded feet

Ulcers are not always obvious when they start. They can be even harder to find if a diabetic foot has loss of feeling or nerve damage. Regular examinations of the feet are key in order to prevent foot ulcers from becoming more severe. If ulcers are left untreated, they can cause serious infections such as gangrene. This could potentially lead to the loss of the foot.

If you experience any foot pain or discomfort, it is important to consult with your podiatrist to ensure it’s not a serious problem, as infected ulcers can result in amputation if neglected. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure and be confident in the podiatrist you choose.

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