Are you at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer?

Are you at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer?

What is a diabetic foot ulcer?
 
A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound or open sore that is most often located on the bottom of the foot.  Diabetic foot ulcers occur in 15% of patients with diabetes.  If not treated you could be hospitalized with infection or another complication.  Hospitalization happens in 6% of patients with a diabetic foot ulcer.
 
In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations of lower extremities.  In patients with diabetes, 14-24% of them with foot ulcers will require an amputation.  85% of diabetes related amputations are caused by foot ulceration.  
 
Foot ulcers are preventable!
 
Anyone with diabetes can develop a foot ulcer.  Your risk of a foot ulcer is greater if you:
- Are Native American, African American, Hispanic, or an older man.
-Using insulin.
-Have a diabetes related kidney, heart, or eye disease.
-Are overweight.
-Using alcohol or tobacco.
 
If you are at risk of developing a foot ulcer or you have one.  Contact Us atOur Bismarck Office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.  Or go online to Appointment Request.
 
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