Foot Ulcers


Foot Ulcers

Ulcers, wounds in your skin that can get infected and take a long time to heal, are sometimes found on your feet and toes. Diabetics who have neuropathy are most likely to get such ulcers. Ulcers should be watched carefully because they can get infected and require amputation of your foot or toes. Healing the ulcer may include nonsurgical and surgical treatments.

Ulcers are sometimes painful, sometimes not. You may also experience:

  • Burning.

  • Swelling.

  • Itching.

The goal of treating a foot or toe ulcer is to relieve pain and heal your wound. Your treatment plan will be individualized based on what medical condition is causing your ulcers. If you can’t correct the cause of your ulcer, it’s likely to come back after treatment.

There are both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for foot and toe ulcers. For simple, early stage foot and toe ulcers, nonsurgical treatments may work. Ulcers that are more advanced, especially ones that are infected, may require surgery.

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