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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Foot Ulcers (Overview)

Foot ulcers are a clinical finding in which there are areas of skin on the feet that have been eroded and are not healing well. This occurs mainly in people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other causes of poor wound healing.


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What causes foot ulcers in diabetics?

What causes foot ulcers in diabetics?

Foot ulcers: Diabetes causes a condition known as microangiopathy. This is where the microscopic blood vessels become clogged and do not deliver blood to the skin and sub-cutaneous tissue. The decrease in available bloodflow causes these ulcers (wounds) that are very difficult to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
210 doctors shared insights

Foot Ulcers (Overview)

Foot ulcers are a clinical finding in which there are areas of skin on the feet that have been eroded and are not healing well. This occurs mainly in people with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other causes of poor wound healing.


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Does having a foot ulcer mean you have to amputate your foot?

Does having a foot ulcer mean you have to amputate your foot?

No, however..: If the foot ulcers gets severely infected, the infection could spread to bone and could lead to amputation, loss of limb or even life. Have the ulcer properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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Diabetes Type 1 (Tip)

Diabetes Type 1

Specially made diabetic soles can prevent diabetic ulcers on feet. ...See more

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Can derma wound cream help treat diabetic foot ulcers?

Can derma wound cream help treat diabetic foot ulcers?

See a physician: Diabetic wounds should always be followed by a medical professional who will ensure that you do not have an infection of the soft tissue or worse, the bone(s) beneath the wound. Left untreated, a diabetic wound can rapidly become a more serious problem. Schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist with training and interest in wound management. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats diabetic foot infections and ulcers?

What kind of doctor treats diabetic foot infections and ulcers?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper infection control and wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound infection resolved and closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing using evidenced based medicine. ...Read more

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Diabetes Type 1 (Tip)

Diabetes Type 1

Foot care is important to detect early blood circulation changes. ...See more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between the toes after your shower or bath
Daily
Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
Once
Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist is symptoms persist or do not improve
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How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Multiple remedies: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. ...Read more

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What are foot ulcers from?

What are foot ulcers from?

Pressure: Usually these are secondary to pressure either from shoes or structural deformities or, most likely, a combination of the two. Compromised hosts, ie. Diabetics, vascular disease, neuropathy, etc are most affected dr l. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more