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What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

Many possibilities: A diabetic foot ulcer is best diagnosed with a physical exam. Your physician will ask you to remove your shoes in order to inspect your feet. They will look for redness, calluses, bruising, blistering, swelling, and for open sores. Sometimes the ulcer may be hidden and will be discovered following the debridement of calluses or the deroofing of blisters. ...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


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Can docs explain what does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

Can docs explain what does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

The start can vary: A diabetic foot ulcer is best diagnosed with a physical exam. Your physician will ask you to remove your shoes in order to inspect your feet. They will look for redness, calluses, bruising, blistering, swelling, and for open sores. Sometimes the ulcer may be hidden and will be discovered following the debridement of calluses or the deroofing of blisters. ...Read more

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What's a foot ulcer?

What's a foot ulcer?

A wound: A foot ulcer can be associated with diabetes, vascular disease. Trauma and many other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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What should I do to cure foot ulcer?

What should I do to cure foot ulcer?

Multifactorial: Offloading of diabetic foot ulcers, good nutrition, blood sugar control, regular wound debridement by your physician, and local wound care are essential factors for wound healing. ...Read more

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What is the best foot ulcer drying ointment?

What is the best foot ulcer drying ointment?

None: If you have a foot ulcer, do not put anything on it until you have checked with your podiatrist or a wound care specialist. It is not always best to dry out the skin to get it to heal...In fact it can be worse. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if I have a foot ulcer?

What can I do to know if I have a foot ulcer?

Look for a hole: A foot ulcer appears as a hole or break in the skin, usually round or oval and in a weightbearing area. Common in diabetics. It can be very superficial or deep down to the bone. It must be treated aggressively by a podiatrist or surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the best med for a foot ulcer with merca?

What is the best med for a foot ulcer with merca?

MRSA: M-R-S-A: It means methycillin-resistant staph aureus, and the best med will be known for sure after the wound culture, grown from the q-tip they swabbed thru the open wound before they bandaged the foot ulcer; till then, they will treat you with the antibiotics that typically are the best choice for your part of the world, and then add them or change them if needed. ...Read more

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After seeing my dr. I was given co-fluampicil capsules for 1 week and given a dressing for my foot ulcer how long will it take?

After seeing my dr. I was given co-fluampicil capsules for 1 week and given a dressing for my foot ulcer  how long will it take?

Your question: Is not very clear. It would be important to know if you are diabetic. If you are and have an ulcer on the bottom of the foot then it is very important the ulcer is off loaded as well. Maintaining strict glycemic control is also key. Antibiotics are given when infection is present. ...Read more

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If I have a foot ulcer, do I have diabetes?

If I have a foot ulcer, do I have diabetes?

No: There are many causes of foot ulcers, pressure, ischemia, diabetes, and other conditions. I would certainly get checked for all of these. ...Read more

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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