Ulcers can result in serious complications, especially for those with diabetes, so knowing the signs and what to do if you spot one is essential. Be on the lookout for open sores or wounds that will not heal on their own, or that keep recurring. There are three different types that are differentiated by their locations on the body and their appearances.

Venous stasis ulcers are found below the knee and usually on the inner leg. They are irregularly shaped, swollen, warm, and often discolored. Neurotrophic (diabetic) ulcers are typically, but not exclusively, found at pressure points on the foot. They vary in size and are pink/red or brown/black in color. Arterial (ischemic) ulcers are also found on the foot, usually on the heels or tips of the toes. They can be yellow, brown, black, or grey in color and do not bleed.

If you notice an open sore on your legs or feet you should seek help as soon as possible. Since it will not heal on its own, proper medical attention is a must. Your doctor will prevent infection, take the pressure off of the area, clean and dress it, and manage other health issues, such as diabetes, that may be causing the problem.

If you think you have an ulcer, call Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, DPM to schedule an appointment. At Foot Care Specialists, PC we know how painful and dangerous ulcers can be. Schedule an appointment with our Crown Colony Medical Center office in Quincy, MA for help today.

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