A foot ulcer or wound is a common complication of diabetes and requires professional management and off-loading. Chiropodists are professionals trained in diabetic foot care who understand the complexities of ulcers.
The term ulcer refers to breaks in the skin and may form due to decreased circulation or sensation within the feet. Management consists of wound evaluation, debridement, application of topical antibiotics, appropriate dressings, footwear advice, padding or insoles, and custom-made orthotics. People with diabetes are especially prone to developing ulcers and often heal slower.
The four main reasons people get ulcers or wounds on the foot are Neuropathic, Arterial, Venous, or Decubitus.