A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in a number of patients with diabetes. These sores or wounds are typically located on the bottom of the feet.
Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer. Ulcers form due to a lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation, and trauma, as well as duration of diabetes. Many patients develop neuropathy over the years from diabetes, which can cause many patients to not know they have developed a foot ulcer.
Symptoms of a diabetic foot ulcer include, is drainage on your socks, redness and swelling, and an odor may be present.
Treatments for diabetic foot ulcer involve: Prevention of infection, using off-loading devices, skin debridement, medications, and managing diabetes.