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Diabetic Ulcers

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic ulcer is a breakdown of the skin on an area of the foot. An ulcer can develop quickly and may be painful and difficult to heal. Infection is a common complication. It is important to have an x-ray to determine whether there is any bone involvement when an ulcer is present.

Causes of diabetic ulcers:

  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
  • Vascular insufficiency.
  • Lack of sensation.
  • Ill-fitting shoes.
  • Trauma.
  • Heredity.

What can you do?

  • Consult a podiatric physician immediately.
  • Alert the doctor’s office that you are a diabetic with a foot sore.
  • Self-treatment is not recommended for this serious condition.

What will Dr. Allen do for you?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform x-ray evaluation.
  • Perform debridement and wound care.
  • Conduct laboratory tests.
  • Initiate total medical team approach, which may include your family practice doctor, endocrinologist, internist, vascular surgeon, and infectious disease specialist.

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