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


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Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

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Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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