What is a Diabetic Ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6% will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications.
Because many people who develop foot ulcers have lost the ability to feel pain, it is not common symptom. Many times, it is the first sign noticed is drainage on the socks. Redness and swelling may also be associated with the ulceration and, if it has progressed significantly odor may be present.
When to see advance care?
If a diabetic ulcer is not responding to treatment, more advance therapy is needed. A diabetic foot ulcer can result in much more complex infections such as osteomyelitis which can be detrimental to the foot if not treated right away.
This type of diagnosis can qualify for more advance therapy such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy or advance biologics skin grafts which can speed up the healing process.
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