Effecting 15 percent of patients with diabetes, a foot ulcer is an open sore or wound commonly found on the bottom of the foot. Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer, and approximately 20 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation.
Foot ulcers are generally painless. However they are prone to serious infections. Poor circulation, foot deformities, lack of feeling, and Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) can contribute to the formation of a foot ulcer.
Recent studies have found that those who have P.A.D. and develop a diabetic foot ulcer tend to be more severe cases and more likely to lead to amputation. For those with P.A.D., the addition of poorly functioning veins leave ulcers more vulnerable to infection.
P.A.D. is a condition in which a buildup of cholesterol and fat causes your arteries to become clogged. P.A.D. is usually present in lower limbs, such as the feet and can develop into serious medical concerns. If left untreated, P.A.D. may cause limb loss and amputation.
At the Vascular and Leg Center, our talented and skilled team is able to diagnosis and treat P.A.D. and foot ulcers. P.A.D. is largely under diagnosed, resulting in many amputations that could have been avoided with proper care. Our initial screening for P.A.D. is quick, painless and non-invasive by using a blood pressure cuff to evaluate and compare blood pressures.
Our treatments are designed to increase circulation and restore health to the damaged tissues to prevent amputation. It is important to treat P.A.D. and foot ulcers to restore physical health, create a better overall lifestyle and reduce the risk of limb loss. Our treatments will also increase your mobility and increase blood flow.
Patients with diabetes should have regular foot screenings at least every six months. If you are diabetic and have experienced leg pain or difficulty with your mobility, schedule a screening for P.A.D. today. Contact our Bakersfield office for a consultation. We have immediate appointments available.