Diabetic Ulcer Specialist

Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA

Board-Certified Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialists located in Tamarac, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, & Boca Raton, FL

A diabetic ulcer is a common complication of diabetes that can lead to a serious infection or amputation. At Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA, the team provides non-surgical and surgical treatment for diabetic ulcers. With offices in Tamarac, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Boca Raton, Florida, the practice offers individualized, advanced wound care. To speak with a specialist about your diabetic ulcer, call or book an appointment online today.

Diabetic Ulcer Q & A

What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic ulcer is an open sore or wound that commonly develops on the feet of people with diabetes. Diabetic ulcers affect approximately 15% of people with diabetes and can lead to serious complications like infection, gangrene, or amputation. 

Diabetic ulcers are a common but preventable complication of diabetes. 

What causes diabetic ulcers?

Diabetes is a condition that causes high levels of sugar in your blood. Over time, diabetes restricts blood flow to your lower extremities and damages your nerves (diabetic neuropathy). 

The effects of diabetes can prevent you from feeling injuries and compromises your body’s ability to heal itself.  

For people with diabetes, minor issues like a cut, blister, or irritation can quickly turn into an open, slow-healing wound. At Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA, the team offers several safe and effective options for treating diabetic ulcers. 

How can I prevent diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers can impact your overall health and quality of life, but they are preventable in most cases. 

If you have diabetes, make sure to check your feet regularly for sores, cuts, and other problems. You should also choose appropriate footwear. Wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to a wide range of foot problems.

Issues like corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails are especially hazardous for people with diabetes. 

If you notice problems with your feet, schedule an appointment at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA, as soon as possible. Early treatment can significantly reduce your risk of infection or amputation.  

How are diabetic ulcers treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your diabetic ulcer. Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA, offers surgical and non-surgical wound care to effectively treat diabetic wounds. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:

  • Debridement (removing dead tissue)
  • Dressings and topical medication
  • Bio-engineered skin substitutes
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

In some cases, your doctor may suggest surgery for your diabetic wound. The team of board-certified surgeons at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA, can determine which treatment is right for you. 

The team takes an individualized approach to foot and ankle care and takes the time to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. To learn more, call or book your appointment online today.