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Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers are serious, so don’t mess around. Get them treated as soon as you notice the problem. Ulcers don’t go away on their own.

Diabetic Ulcers Lead To Amputation

A diabetic foot ulcer is essentially a wound or open sore that usually appears on the bottom of the foot. These ulcers are serious business because they can lead to an amputation if they are not treated correctly!

If you experience diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition where your feet will feel numb, you can’t feel any problems on your feet and they can quickly become infected and get you into severe trouble.

Diabetic Ulcer Risks

You are at higher risk to develop a diabetic foot ulcer if you:

  • have neuropathy
  • have poor circulation
  • have a foot deformity
  • wear inappropriate shoes (or no shoes at all!)
  • have uncontrolled blood sugar
Untreated Diabetic Ulcers

If a diabetic foot ulcer goes untreated and you continue to walk around on it, the wound will deepen into the muscles, tendons and bones. 

At that point, a hospital stay and surgery are almost guaranteed, because we need to drain the infection and clear things up. 

Even then, there’s still a risk that the wound won’t heal…and long-term infections like this can be life-threatening. In some cases, a wound gets so dangerous that the toe or even foot has to be amputated.

Of course, all of this can usually be avoided. If you have advanced diabetes, check your feet daily for any sign of injury or infection.

If you notice any problems, call us right away for an appointment. If we can catch it early, it will make a significant difference.

Treatment For Ulcers
  • Take pressure off the area
  • Remove dead skin and tissue
  • Apply the appropriate medicine and bandages to the area
  • Handle other health care concerns such as blood glucose levels
  • Don’t leave the wound exposed or walk around barefoot
  • Report to your podiatrists office
  • Use prescribed antibiotics

Not all wounds heal the same way. If your wound is more severe, it could take weeks or months to heal properly. Taking the proper steps can help get you there faster! We are also able to help you by performing foot examinations to help prevent the full development of a diabetic foot ulcer. The thorough inspection of your feet can help us prevent serious complications.

Dr. Amy Barko, CWSP is a board certified wound care physician and she will do whatever it takes to get you on the mend.

And please, PLEASE follow your doctor’s directions for your diabetes care. Take your meds, change your diet and do everything in your power to prevent this disease from progressing.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment

Reviews

Absolutely amazing staff! Smiling faces, compassion and understanding! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

Amanda Rugg

I was frankly shocked at how good they were at EVERYthing. They saw me less than 2 hours after I called. Dr. Barko was ebullient and professional. You can ask them questions via TXT, which is huge. Their offices are spic-n-span and modern. Basically, they're knocking it out of the park. I don't wish for more in-grown toenails, but if it happens, I'm going straight back to Lexington Podiatry.

Mick Jeffries

I love Lexington Podiatry! The staff is always so helpful, and attentive. I love Dr. Freels. She is top notch, and is always so happy to see me, and listens to me about what is going on.

Amie Castle

Dr. Carter diagnosed and created a treatment plan in minutes- other podiatrists have treated me incorrectly for years. So pleased to have answers and solutions.

Katy Perkins

My left foot had been hurting for a while. The staff and doctors here are all quite knowledgeable and professional, as well as friendly and personable. My diagnosis was promptly made, x-ray completed right there in the office, and I left with the two braces that I needed. No waiting for the mail, trip to brace shop, nada. Most excellent clinic!

Susan Bell

Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.