Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers are a leading cause of lower-extremity amputations in Ontario, with approximately 50% directly related to diabetes.   Ulcers are a severe, complicated, and difficult condition to take care of.
What is an ulcer?
An ulcer is a wound that may form due to decreased circulation or lack of sensation within the feet compounded by shoe or ground pressure. There are four stages of ulcers encompassing four levels of severity.
Stage 1: a reddening over boney areas that does not go away with the removal of pressure
Stage 2: blisters, peeling, or cracked skin
Stage 3: broken skin, sometimes with bloody drainage
Stage 4: breaks in the skin involving muscle, tendon, and bone and may be associated with a bone infection called osteomyelitis
What causes an ulcer?
Different types of ulcers start from various causes:
Loss of sensation in the feet causes neuropathic ulcers
Poor blood flow causes an arterial ulcer
Compromised veins cause venous ulcers
Excessive prolonged pressure cause decubitus ulcers
What can your chiropodist do?
When you come in for an appointment with our Chiropodists, they will:
Treat the infection by clearing away infected tissue and prescribing antibiotics
Reduce the Pressure by offloading using bandages, padding, or orthotics