What is an ulcer ?
Ulcers are woundsor open sores that do not heal in a week or keep returning
What causes Ulcers .
*Having diabetes increases your risk of developing a foot ulcer .
*Poor circulation means your foot and lower leg take longer to heal
* About 15% of people with Diabetes will develop a foot ulcer.
* Foot ulcers that do not heal can lead to amputation
* foot ulcers are the main reason most people with diabetes go to hospital
* Loss of feeling in your feet and / or lower leg may mean you will not notice a wound
Am I at risk of foot complications ?
If you have diabetes you are at risk
If you are in a low risk group , you feet should be medically checked every year
If you are in a higher risk group , your Podiatrist should check your feet at each visit ( every 3-6 mths)
Your podiatrist will also look at the following things to assess your risk
What can I do ?
Poor fitting shoes causes most wounds and foot damage.
And checks on your feet.