Up to 15% of people with diabetes develop diabetic foot ulcers –– slow-healing wounds with an increased risk of infection. At LA Vascular Specialists with offices in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Encino, California, Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team specialize in diabetic foot ulcer treatment. To make an appointment, call the nearest Los Angeles area office and speak with a team member or book online today.
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound that forms due to untreated (or poorly managed) diabetes.
Diabetes refers to a group of chronic diseases that affect your pancreas’ ability to regulate blood sugar. If your blood sugar remains high for too long, it causes nerve damage and poor circulation. This can lead to skin and tissue breakdown and the formation of ulcers on your legs and feet.
Signs of a diabetic foot ulcer include:
If the ulcer is infected, you might also develop a fever.
Anyone with diabetes can experience a diabetic foot ulcer, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
Poor hygiene may also increase your risk of diabetic ulcers. If you have diabetes, the team at LA Vascular Specialists recommends inspecting and washing your feet and toes daily.
To diagnose a diabetic foot ulcer, your LA Vascular Specialists provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. During the exam, they assess the size, location, and appearance of the ulcer.
Your provider also collects a tissue sample to check for infection and orders imaging tests, like X-rays or an MRI, to see how far the wound extends beneath your skin. After gathering the necessary insights, your provider makes treatment recommendations.
Treatment for a diabetic foot ulcer depends on various factors, including the wound’s size, location, and its effect on your daily routine. Usually, the team recommends conservative measures, like custom orthotics, prescription diabetic shoes, or inserts, to prevent corns and calluses.
It’s also crucial to practice self-care. If you have a diabetic ulcer, the team recommends taking foot baths, keeping the wound dry, changing your dressings several times daily, and eating a balanced diet. You might also benefit from prescription antibiotics or anti-clotting agents.
To explore the treatment options for a diabetic foot ulcer, make an appointment at LA Vascular Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.