Diabetic Ulcers

Dr. Afsaneh  Latifi -  - Podiatrist

Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

Podiatrist located in Upper Eastside, New York, NY

Diabetic Ulcers Specialist
For treatment and care of diabetic ulcers of the foot go to Lenox Hill Podiatrist. For patients in and around New York City, NY and the surrounding areas, Dr. Latifi provides treatment of diabetic ulcers and can assist with ongoing diabetic foot care and maintenance.

Diabetic Ulcers

by Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

What are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing ulcers, or sores, on the feet. These are frequently known as diabetic ulcers. Foot ulcers are one of the most frequent causes of hospital trips among patients with diabetes. It can take weeks or even months for the ulcer to heal. The ulcers are usually painless however they can cause additional issues to develop when left untreated. For diabetics, taking care of their feet is especially crucial to their health.

What Treatment is Used for a Diabetic Ulcer?

To view the ulcer completely, the area will have to be cleaned off in a procedure known as debridement. This process will entail the removal of dead tissue and skin. Commonly, the dead tissue is cut away, and the ulcer is cleaned out. Foot ulcers are often caused by excessive pressure on an individual region of the foot. Individuals may need to wear unique shoes, a brace, or even a cast. In extreme cases, wheelchairs or crutches may be required. Reducing pressure on the foot helps to heal quicker. The wound will also have to be treated right away. To assist with caring for the wound patients should:

  • Monitor blood sugar levels regularly
  • Bandage and clean the ulcer as instructed
  • Clean ulcer each day with a wound dressing
  • Don’t walk as much
  • Don’t go barefoot unless approved by the podiatrist
  • Use the doctor suggested dressing
  • Keep skin surrounding the bandage and healthy skin dry

When Should I Call the Podiatrist?

Call the office to speak with the podiatrist if you experience indications or symptoms such as:

  • Pus or odor
  • Fever or chills
  • Extra Drainage
  • Increased warmth at site
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Increased pain or firmness around wound

Individuals should also consult the podiatrist if the foot ulcer is exceptionally white, blue, or black in color.