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How to prevent foot ulcers

An overview of causes and treatment options

Foot ulcers are a common but serious condition that affects millions of people in Canada. Their severity can lead to serious complications if not treated in their early stages. Fortunately, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent the development of foot ulcers. It is important to understand the underlying causes of foot ulcers in order to take the necessary steps to prevent them. In addition, it is also important to understand the different treatment and prevention options available to ensure your health and well-being.

To better understand the causes:

It is important to understand the underlying causes of foot ulcers in order to take the necessary steps to prevent them.

Predisposing factors for foot ulcers can be morphological changes combined with vascular insufficiency and infections among others.

Foot ulcers often begin with an increase in calluses on a plantar pressure point of the foot or wounds on the skin of the foot, which can then lead to infection, swelling and pain.

There are many causes of foot ulcers, including the following:

  • Infection of the wound
  • Reduced blood flow (peripheral arterial disease)
  • Poor circulation
  • Bone prominence 
  • Poor footwear 
  • Etc.

More common in diabetics, smokers and people with high blood pressure, if left untreated, foot ulcers can lead to foot amputation.

When you notice a change in the color of your soles or your nails, when you feel your feet heavier, pain accompanied by a change in the appearance of your feet, in the fit of your shoes, these are some of the signs that indicate that it may be time to consult your podiatrist at the Pied Confort clinic.

To better understand the treatment :

If a foot ulcer has already developed, it is important to see your podiatrist for treatment. Depending on the severity of your case, some of the more common treatments include topical or oral antibiotics, callus debridement, and foot immobilization to promote healing.

A foot ulcer can form if the wound does not heal properly. Debridement of the calluses around the ulcer helps close the wound edges. Immobilization of the foot in a pressure relief boot reduces pressure and aids in healing. Treatments recognized as "Gold Standard Care".

In some cases, surgery may be required to remove the foot ulcer. It is very important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible if you think you have a foot ulcer.