This month we are looking at Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a complication of diabetes mellitus. People with diabetes are more prone to foot ulcers because of fluctuating blood sugar levels. This means that the skin may not properly heal itself due to nerve damage, circulation problems or abnormalities in the bones or muscles of the feet.
These ulcers can be found anywhere on the foot or toes but are usually on the bottom of the foot.
If foot ulcers are not treated then they can develop into an abscess, cellulitis, bone infection and gangrene. In fact most severe foot infections that require some part of the toe, foot or lower leg to be amputated originate from foot ulcers. All ulcers, apparent on patients with diabetes, should be closely monitored on a regular basis to ensure it does not develop into something worse.