A Guide To Foot Ulcers

A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot. A foot ulcer also can be very deep. It may involve bones, tendons, and other deep structures. ulcersDr.Jay Levine is one of the most well known, and experienced Podiatrists in Rockland County and the Hudson Valley Region, currently practicing in Nanuet, NY. His practice offers state-of-the-art podiatric treatment. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about foot ulcers.

Causes Of Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers may be caused by medical conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, those with vascular issues, and sickle cell anemia, among other conditions. Foot ulcers can also be a problem for individuals with nerve damage.

Symptoms Of Foot Ulcers

A foot ulcer looks like a red sore, most commonly found under the big toe or on the ball of the foot. If the ulcer gets infected, you will smell a bad odor and see pus. A deep ulcer on the foot may extend through the full thickness of the skin. People with foot ulcers may also have swelling, itching, or burning of the foot.

Diagnosis of Foot Ulcers

If you discover a foot ulcer, you need to see your podiatrist right away. An untreated foot ulcer can develop gangrene and lead to an amputation. Your podiatrist will examine your foot and evaluate the ulcer to determine how deep it is and whether there is an infection. Your podiatrist may order other tests to determine whether your foot ulcer is infected.

Treatment for Foot Ulcers

The management of foot ulcers may include debridement, using appropriate therapeutic footwear, daily wound dressings, and antibiotic therapy. Your foot may be placed in a cast or a special boot. While your ulcer heals, stay off your feet and follow your treatment plan.

If you suffer from a non-healing foot ulcer, please call Dr. Jay G. Levine in Nanuet, NY, at 845-623-5933 to schedule and appointment.