What is a diabetic foot ulcer?
A diabetic ulcer is an open wound secondary to systemic changes due to longstanding effects of diabetes mellitus. These wounds are usually secondary to the effects of repetitive trauma on a nonsensate foot.
What are the effects of a foot ulcer?
Typically with longstanding diabetes, the patient will present with structural (both boney and muscular) changes in their feet and diminished sensation in their feet. With these changes, the patient will experience repetitive trauma to their feet (usually the plantar aspect of the forefoot) and not realize it.
How Common are Foot Ulcers?
Diabetic foot ulcers occur in approximately 15% of patients with diabetes, and of these, up 24 % of ulcers will end in amputation. Amputations in patients with diabetes are associated with high morbidity and a 5-year survival rate of 31%.
Whos is at risk for developing a diabetic foot ulcer?
Anyone living with diabetes is at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. Of the more than 20 million people in the US with diabetes, as many as 25% will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime. At particularly high risk, are those with either loss of sensation in their feet (neuropathy) or inadequate blood flow (ischemia). If you experience either of these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.
Why choose Dr. Zakhary for foot ulcer treatment
Dr. Zakhary has extensive experience and training in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. He is very passionate about wound care and limb salvage and understands the physical, social, and financial impact that such wounds can cause. If you or someone you know is living with a diabetic foot ulcer, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zakhary.