Ulcers have the potential to become very dangerous for your foot and ankle health for many reasons. Depending on how well you take care of your feet, it can be a minor issue or horrendous for your overall health. Those who should take this very seriously are diabetics. Their blood flow and healing ability are lowered due to their inherent disease.
Ulcerations are gaps in the skin of your foot that allow for the deeper layers of skin to be exposed. As you can imagine, an infection of an ulcer can go deep and cause pain as well as threaten your foot health. For any reason that you are not able to heal correctly, you may not realize you have an infected ulcer. This may allow it to develop to a late stage that requires significant medical intervention.
Treatments for ulcers may include the following:
- Lower the amount of tension on the infected ulcer by having it cleaned and drained.
- For those who are obese, maintain a healthier weight to reduce the amount of pressure placed on your foot ulcer.
- Wear special shoes to help manage the sensitive areas of your foot that may be prone to developing
- Use medicated creams and bandaging to kill pathogens and to prevent other foreign materials from entering the open ulcer.
- Take part in physical therapy to help increase your circulation. This will be valuable with helping your feet to heal an open ulcer and to recover in a timely manner.
Here at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, our expert podiatrist, Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, has years of experience treating ulcers and recognizes the need for tailored and precise therapy for optimal results. We recognize the need for urgency when it comes to foot ulcers. Depending on the patient, quick results are crucial with regards to saving the function of a foot. Contact us today for an appointment at our office located in Chicago, Illinois. Also, take a look at our Patient Education Library to learn more about ulcers and other foot and ankle conditions that can cause serious complications when neglected.