What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Foot ulcers occur in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes. Diabetic foot ulcers are generally painless, but they can be slow to heal and prone to infection. They are commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Multiple factors can contribute to diabetic foot ulcers including:
- Poor circulation
- Foot deformities
- Lack of feeling (neuropathy)
Diabetic Foot Ulcers & Peripheral Arterial Disease
Recent studies have show that diabetic foot ulcers in patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) are different than patients with ulcers caused by other reasons. Primarily, foot ulcers in diabetic patients with P.A.D. tend to be more severe, more likely to be infected, more costly to treat, more likely to require hospitalization and more likely to lead to amputation.
Amputation is Preventable – Get Your Screening
Patient with diabetes should have regular foot screenings and be screened for peripheral arterial disease, at least every 6 months. Contact our office for a consultation. We have immediate appointments available. Call 661-324-4100 or request an appointment online.