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How do I care for a foot ulcer?

Seek treatment from a medical professional as soon as an ulcer is noticed. Prompt foot ulcer care is important to reduce the risk of infection and chance of amputation.

Due to spikes in blood sugar, people with diabetes often have nerve damage in their feet. This can keep you from feeling cuts and sores that may lead to ulcers. The condition also slows the circulation of blood in the legs, leading to longer healing times and an increased risk for infection.

When you come to us with an ulcer, we will clean it by removing dead skin and tissue. Then, we’ll wrap the medicated wound. We will also have you take pressure off of the limb by asking you to use crutches, a wheelchair, or a special shoe.  

For home care, make sure your blood sugar levels are strictly controlled. Keep the wound clean, bandaged, and moist. Avoid walking on the affected limb, too.

If Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso notices the beginnings of an infection, you may be hospitalized and administered antibiotics. Please call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434. We offer same-day service for serious injuries that require prompt treatment.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.