If you have diabetes, you have an increased chance of developing foot sores, or ulcers, also called diabetic ulcers. Diabetic foot care is extremely important.
Foot ulcers are the most common reason for hospital stays for people with diabetes. Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers on the sides of the foot may be due to poorly fitting shoes. Remember, even though some ulcers do not hurt, every ulcer should be seen by a foot care specialist right away. Neglecting ulcers can result in infections, which in turn can lead to loss of a limb.
It may take weeks or even several months for foot ulcers to heal. Diabetic ulcers are often painless, so paying attention to your feet every day is very important. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely it is that we can help you avoid more serious complications.
When to call your doctor for your diabetic foot care
You need to call your doctor or specialist if you have any of these signs and symptoms of infection:
- Redness, increased warmth, or swelling around a foot sore
- Extra drainage
- Fever or chills
- Increased pain
- Increased firmness around the sore
- A foot ulcer that is very white, blue, or black