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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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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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What herbal ointment is good for foot ulcer?

What herbal ointment is good for foot ulcer?

Ointment: None . That is not their indication. You need to see your podiatrist or wound specialist or you risk a raging infection. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a foot ulcer or callous?

How do I know if I have a foot ulcer or callous?

If unsure: I would see a podiatrist. They can yell the difference and better yet , they can treat it. ...Read more

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What is the best herbal ointment for a foot ulcer?

What is the best herbal ointment for a foot ulcer?

Many things: There are numerous herbal solutions and ointments that can be applied to ulcers. Many people are taking silver supplements or applying it directly to the wound. Unless you are an herbalist and actually know what you are doign i would suuggest seeing a doctor for proper medication and treatment. Ulcers can go down hill quickly. I have several patients who chose the herbal route and ended poorly. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to have to get your foot amputated from a foot ulcer?

Yes: Is it is not cared for properly and severe infection or gangrene develops. If you have an ulcer, see physician immediately. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a foot ulcer that is close to healing, but the last little bit will not close.?

What to do if I have a foot ulcer that is close to healing, but the last little bit will not close.?

Foot ulcer: Work with your team at the wound center or clinicians. You have not given enough information to assist us in helping you, as different ulcerations are due to different causes. For example, vein ulcers are best treated with compression; diabetic ulcers ultimately need offloading with casts or boots. ...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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My husband has a large venous foot ulcer. What are his treatment options?

My husband has a large venous foot ulcer. What are his treatment options?

Compression: Local wound care in combination with multi- layer compression will start the healing process. More importantly, an evaluation of the leg veins with an ultrasound and treatment of any venous insufficiency will help hasten the healing process and prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Dose diabetics results to foot ulceration? What type of diabetics? And how can we differentiate an injury from this foot ulcer

Dose diabetics results to foot ulceration? What type of diabetics? And how can we differentiate an injury from this foot ulcer

Diabetic Foot Ulcer: Diabetes mellitus or any pathology that contributes to numbness in the feet ("neuropathy") contributes to foot ulcers. Xrays of the foot and a thorough physical examination by a foot/ankle specialist will put the pieces of the puzzle together. Dr. H. ...Read more

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How is a diabetic foot ulcer best treated?

Depends on site: This is dependent on many factors: locations, depth, involvement of deeper structures, underlying deformity, present medical status, actual cause (not all ulcers in diabetics are diabetic related) and compliance of the patient. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Unfortunately yes: If you have a diabetic ulcer your risk of more goes up it indicates multiple problems that will need to be addressed to decrease the risk of more as well as protecting your circulation eyes and kidneys. ...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