FOOT ULCER Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you have diabetes, poor circulation, or both, foot ulcers wreak havoc on your health. Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Gregory Larsen are experienced podiatrists who provide comprehensive care for your foot ulcer.

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:

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • An unusual odor
  • Irritation

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.

You can prevent foot ulcers in several ways, including:

  • Foot baths
  • Checking for cuts or scrapes daily
  • Wearing shoes that fit well
  • Trimming your toenails correctly, cutting straight across the nail instead of rounding the edges
  • Avoiding smoking

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.

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Once the highly skilled team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic diagnoses you with a foot ulcer, treatment needs to start right away.


WHAT CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT works best for treating foot ulcer's?

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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.

ADVANCED minimally invasive

for chronic foot ulcers

Seeing a podiatrist regularly will help you spot a foot ulcer before it becomes infected.

Dr. Silvester and Dr. Larsen specialize in many advanced minimally and non-invasive treatments, and if necessaryadvanced minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques with patient proven success stories.

Some of those are used to treat severe chronic foot ulcer’s, such as:

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Chronic pain is NEVER something you should be expected to live with!

HOW TO speed up healing of a painful chronic diabetic foot ulcer:

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The GOLD STANDARD of healing Diabetic Foot Ulcer's!

At Next Step Foot and Ankle, we are proud to treat our diabetic patients with the “gold standard” of ulcer treatment. Using a total contact cast, the pressure is taken off from the ulcers, allowing the healing process to occur.

If you’re suffering from wounds or ulcers on your feet that aren’t healing properly, contact Dr. Silvester at his team today to experience the “gold standard” of treatment yourself.

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