Diabetic Ulcers Specialist

For the most advanced treatment and care of diabetic ulcers of the foot, visit Extremity Wound Centers! Patients can receive this important treatment and maintenance from our Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona offices.

Diabetic Ulcers Q & A

What are diabetic foot ulcers?

Ulcers and sores on the feet pose a unique threat to diabetics. For diabetic patients, foot ulcers are one of the most frequent causes of hospital visits and can be very problematic to heal. The ulcers do not usually cause pain; however they can lead to additional complications.

What is done for a diabetic ulcer?

Foot ulcers are typically caused by pressure being exerted on the region of the foot. The first step will be to reduce the pressure and remove the area of any dead tissue by performing a debridement. In most cases, the tissue is excised and the ulcer itself is cleaned with a sterile solution. To keep the ulcer clean and free from pressure, patients may need to wear special shoes or a brace. Wheelchairs or crutches may also be required to help encourage healing. Patients will also be given instructions for caring for the wound including:

  • Keeping blood sugar levels managed
  • Bandaging and cleaning the ulcer when appropriate
  • Taking fewer steps throughout the day
  • Avoiding walking barefoot unless the physician provides permission
  • Using the dressings provided by the physician
  • Keeping skin around ulcer clean and dry


When should I call the physician?

Schedule an appointment with our office if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Growing warmth at site
  • Additional drainage
  • Increased discomfort or firmness around the ulcer
  • Puss or odor
  • Fever or chills; ulcer becomes very white, blue, or black

Insurance

Extremity Health Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact the office for further information.

Aetna
Cigna
Coventry
Humana
Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
Medicare B
United Healthcare
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