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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Diabetic Feet
Tags: Ulcers   calluses   immune system  

One of the biggest medical threats patient with diabetes and other conditions that impair the circulatory and immune systems face is ulcers. Even minor sores and wounds can be difficult and slow to heal. Nearly 85% of lower extremity amputations are the result of a wound or ulcer. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we are committed to not just treating ulcers aggressively but in helping patients spot telltale signs to help stop ulcers before they start. Here’s what to look for: 

  • Changes in temperature—if an area on your foot starts to feel warm it may be a sign of infection. If the skin begins to feel cold it may indicate a circulation problem.
  • Skin discoloration—redness or other discoloration of the skin often precedes an ulcer.
  • Swelling—as part of your daily inspection of your feet and ankles look for an area that looks engorged or puffy. Compare one foot and ankle to the other to see if one appears larger than the other.
  • Callus changes—a callus is already an indication of excessive pressure being put on a particular area of the foot. If you notice dark spots forming in the callused area or the entire callus seems to be changing colors this could be a sign of an ulcer forming in this area of the foot.

Head Off Potential Problems

In many instances ulcers can be prevented. In addition to doing a self examination of your feet as part of your daily health care regimen, there are a number of ways patients can avoid the friction that often leads to a wound. Always wear properly fitting shoes and socks that have no holes or seams. Have deformities such as hammertoes and bunions examined and treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Finally, always err on the side of caution: if you feel even minor discomfort or notice a change in your foot, ankle or toe, contact our Washington office as soon as possible by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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