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A 34-year-old member asked:

my mom has these sores that look like diabetic ulcers on her feet, but she's not a diabetic. what could they be?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Ulcerations: There are many types of ulcerations and a patient does not have to be diabetic to develop. The most common types are diabetic and vascular related. If you mom has no history of a diabetes, she still needs to be evaluated. See a foot specialist or a wound care specialist for a complete workup before other issues ensue, such as infection.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 47 years experience
More info needed: To receive an answer that will be more helpful, you need to give more information...Your health status, any problems such as gout, diabetes or blood pressure concerns. You should state how long it has been a problem and what you do to make it feel better. Also tells us what it looks like. Is it discolored, swollen or point tender. The more you tell the better the answer.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care 20 years experience
Ulcers: People with diabetes develop foot ulcers which are open sores on the feet that go through the skin but you don't have to be a diabetic to have open sores. Pressure, loss of sensation and trauma can all lead to ulcers. All of these can lead to serious complication and can themselves result in serious consequences such as amputation. She needs to be checked by a professional to resolve the issue.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Depends: There are many different types of sores. Your mother could possibly be an undiagnosed diabetic. Have the sores evaluated. As long as they are healing the type of wound does not matter so much.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: Some causes of foot ulcer include trauma, poor arterial or venous circulation, and skin cancer.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
See Image: This image is an example of what (and commonly where) diabetic wounds occur. They generally have a thick rim of callus and are most usual on weightbearing surfaces.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
Vascular Surgery 33 years experience
Deep and Moist: Diabetic ulcers are usually deep and moist. Usually located at pressure points on the bottom of the foot. If infected they will drain smelly fluid. These are very serious and you should see a physician.
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How can I tell what do diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

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Dr. Patrick Hsu
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Google: You can find various diabetic foot ulcers under google images.

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