Frequent Foot Questions: What You Want to Know About Ankle and Foot Health
Exploring medical options to cope with pain can be very overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we share our most commonly asked questions from people just like you. Whether you are wondering what is causing your pain or trying to find out what treatment options are available to you, find answers here in our frequently asked questions section.
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Why do diabetics get ulcers?
Many people wonder, “Why do diabetics get ulcers?” Ulcers develop because diabetes impairs your immune system and your nerves. Small injuries may go unnoticed because you can’t feel them. Your weakened immune response is unable to repair the damage, especially if you continue walking and compounding the injury. Decreased blood flow from narrowed or damaged arteries means your feet don’t receive the vital nutrients and healing factors they need to recover. The problem worsens and your soft tissues begin to break down, resulting in an ulcer.
Wounds like this need to be addressed right away to prevent dangerous infections that could cost you your foot. Preventing the issue in the first place, however, is much better for your body, which is why good diabetic foot care is necessary. If you’re concerned about a sore on your feet or you haven’t had a diabetic foot check in some time, don’t wait—contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic here in Pleasanton, TX, by calling (830) 569-3338. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more helpful information.
What are diabetic ulcers?
If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you may be wondering “What are diabetic ulcers, and why are they a big deal?” Diabetic ulcers are open wounds or sores on your feet, often on your soles or the bottoms of your toes, where they are hard to see. They begin as small sores or cuts, then progress to full-blown wounds as your body’s slowed immune response can’t repair the damage. Since they are open, they become infected easily. That’s why prompt, experienced diabetic wound care is vital to allow them to heal and to prevent complications that could lead to an amputation.
If you or someone you care about have discovered an open sore on your feet, don’t wait to seek help. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for more information about diabetic foot care or to make an appointment. Call (830) 569-3338 or use our website contact form to reach us.