Foot Ulcers

Medical Considerations for Foot Ulcers

If you have diabetic neuropathy or circulatory issues in your lower legs and feet and you notice areas of redness, sores that do not heal quickly or any breaks or lesions in the skin, see your doctor or a foot health professional immediately; do the same if you notice any open sores on your feet or legs.  Left unattended, these sores and lesions can develop quickly into ulcers.  Early detection through careful attention to blood sugar control and inspections of the feet and legs is critical to preventing ulceration and amputation.

For more information on the care of the feet for people with diabetes, click here.

Reviewed by: Robert P. Thompson, C.Ped, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Last updated: June 19, 2015 

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