GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. A Neuropathic Ulcer results in an open sore on the foot and usually occurs in diabetics. In some cases there is little to no feeling in the foot which means the patient can't feel when there is a blister or callus on the foot. This leads to the patient neglecting the sore which then gets worse and worse until it finally manifests as an open sore.
What causes a Neuropathic Ulcer?
A Neuropathic Ulcer can be caused by:
- Wearing shoes that are too tight. A sore can develop at the location where the shoe rubs against the skin
- Uncontrolled diabetes. This condition leads to a lack of feeling in the foot. An ignored or unnoticed blister or callus can turn into a Neuropathic Ulcer
How Do I Know if I have a Neuropathic Ulcer?
What are the symptoms of a Neuropathic Ulcer?
Unlike most other foot conditions sometimes there is little to no pain involved with a Neuropathic Ulcer. You must be aware of these other symptoms in the meantime.
- Dry or cracked skin
- Open sore on the foot
- Pain-sometimes the patient will feel a hot spot or tenderness in the area
How is a Neuropathic Ulcer Diagnosed?
A Neuropathic Ulcer is usually diagnosed with a physical examination from your physician or podiatrist.
What Can I do from Home for a Neuropathic Ulcer?
What can I do to prevent a Neuropathic Ulcer?
Preventing a Neuropathic Ulcer is as simple as just giving your feet a good look-over each day. Watch out for:
- Blisters or ares of redness
- Dry or cracked skin
You can also help prevent a Neuropathic Ulcer by washing and drying your feet on a daily basis.
What treatments can I do from home for a Neuropathic Ulcer?
You can care for your Neuropathic Ulcer by washing and drying your feet on a daily basis. Make sure you use warm water, mild soap, and then dry your feet by patting them. Avoid rubbing your feet with a towel.
When Should I See a Doctor for a Neuropathic Ulcer?
You should see a doctor as soon as you notice a Neuropathic Ulcer. Just because it isn't painful doesn't mean that it isn't serious.
Treatments Your Doctor May Recommend for a Neuropathic Ulcer
There are several treatments available for a Neuropathic Ulcer.
- In severe cases a special cast may be applied
- A very important component of treatment is reducing pressure to the affected area; sometimes this requires the patient to not put any weight on the foot until the ulcer is healed
- Removal of calluses
- Amputation may be considered in extreme cases