The development of ulcers in the feet and legs can cause alarm, particularly when they do not cause pain or do not have obvious reasons for the development of open wounds. Although ulcers may not always cause pain, it is important to identify the type of ulcer and treat it appropriately with the help of a medical professional in San Diego.
What Are Ulcers?
Before it is possible to treat the problem, it is important to understand what it is and how it may develop. An ulcer is an open sore or wound that returns regularly or will not close. Ulcers in the feet and legs commonly occur in diabetic patients, but they can develop for a variety of reasons.
There are three types of ulcers that develop in the legs and feet: venous stasis, arterial and neurotrophic. Depending on the appearance of the ulcer and the skin surrounding the open sore, doctors are able to identify the type of ulcer and create an appropriate treatment plan.
Complications With Ulcers
When ulcers develop, it is possible for infections to occur. In the worst case scenario, ulcers may cause gangrene to develop. Since the wounds do not heal easily, infections are the most common concern. By treating the infection and the ulcers, it is possible to reduce the risk of developing severe concerns like gangrene.
Treating the Condition
The treatment plan varies based on the type of ulcers that develop, the potential complications and the reasons that the ulcers developed. A key part of treatment is preventing the infections from getting worse. If gangrene develops, then the tissues begin to die and it may be necessary to amputate part of the foot or leg. Early treatment is essential to reduce the risk of amputation and keep the feet and legs as healthy as possible.
We can help by creating an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical professionals consider each case differently and plan around the complications that have already developed.