Whether you have diabetes, poor circulation, or both, foot ulcers wreak havoc on your health. Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills are experienced podiatrists who provide comprehensive care for your foot ulcer. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, with two locations in the San Antonio area, caring for wounds such as ulcers mean the difference in your health. Schedule your appointment at either the Universal City or Pleasanton, Texas, office as soon as you suspect a foot ulcer for immediate relief and treatment.
A foot ulcer is an open sore on your foot. Your skin tissue breaks down, causing a hole in the deeper layers of your skin. Ulcer size ranges from very small to larger than the size of a half-dollar.
Foot ulcers can be crater-like and deepen the longer they are left untreated.
Ulcers appear most often under your big toes and balls of your feet. Some ulcers are so small, you won’t notice them until they are infected. An early sign of infected ulcers is drainage stains on your socks.
Other symptoms include:
Checking your feet daily for any changes helps you recognize a foot ulcer before infection sets in.
Poor circulation and diabetes are the most common causes of foot ulcers. Without healthy circulation of blood in your system, small cuts or scrapes don’t heal quickly enough, forming a foot ulcer.
Nerve damage decreases the feeling in your feet and can cause small sores from dry, cracked skin to go unnoticed until they turn into ulcers.
Once the highly skilled team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic diagnoses you with a foot ulcer, treatment needs to start right away. Your doctor suggests treating your ulcer with:
Your doctor may request an X-ray to check for bone infections or send some samples of your skin cells to the lab. The lab determines if an antibiotic will help fight your infection.
You can prevent foot ulcers in several ways, including:
Seeing a podiatrist regularly will help you spot a foot ulcer before it becomes infected.
If you live in the San Antonio area, call Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic’s Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas, office for available appointments with the trained staff or book your appointment online.