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Neuropathic Ulcers

Neuropathic foot ulcers are wounds that are caused by prolong pressure or trauma to a foot which has little or no sensation.

The neuropathic foot may result in development of the following conditions:

  • Dryness and cracking
  • Loss of feeling in the foot
  • Pulling up of the toes
  • Turning inward of the foot
  • Flattening of the arch

Causes of pressure ulcers include:
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of diabetes
  • History of artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • History of smoking
  • Raynaud’s disease

The Wound Healing Center offers:
  • Trained healthcare professionals to care for your wound
  • Complete wound evaluation
  • Diagnostic testing
  • A customized treatment plan for your care
  • Education on the treatment of the wound
  • Education to prevent new wounds

During your first visit to the Wound Healing Center you can expect:
  • To complete a medical history and physical
  • Testing for feeling, blood flow and oxygen supply to the feet
  • Examination of the wound
  • Possible removal of dead tissue
  • Education on how to care for your wound at home
  • Further testing, as needed

Follow up visits may include:
  • Re-examination of your wound
  • Review of test results
  • Removal of dead tissue
  • Continuing education

Call the Wound Healing Center if you experience any of the following:

  • Increased pain at the wound site
  • New redness, blisters or sores on either foot
  • Redness or swelling around the wound or spreading away from the wound
  • A foul odor coming from the wound
  • Any changes in color or amount of drainage from the wound

How Can You Help?

  • Follow weight bearing instructions.
  • Take medication as ordered.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Inspect your feet daily.

How should you care for your skin?

  • Wash with mild soap and water.
  • Apply moisturizers to prevent dryness.
  • Use an electric razor to shave legs.
  • Do not put anything into an open wound that is not prescribed by your physician.

Remember

  • Inspect your feet daily with a mirror.
  • Neglecting small wounds can lead to serious complications or even the loss of a limb.
  • Use moisturizer on your feet to help reduce dryness and cracking, but do not use it on them ulcer site or between the toes.
  • Wear special shoes or have special inserts made for your shoes to redistribute your weight more evenly.
  • Keep shoes/slippers next to your bed so that you don’t walk barefoot.
  • Protect your feet from hot sidewalks or cold environments.
  • Do not put anything into an open wound that is not prescribed by your physician.
  • Unfortunately 6 out of 10 people with a neuropathic ulcer will develop another ulcer.
You can help decrease the chance of a new wound if you:
  • Inspect your feet daily for signs of redness, blisters or sores.
  • Wear prescribed footwear when walking.
  • Wear clean absorbent socks with your shoes.
  • Seek assistance with foot and nail care from a professional.
  • Never go barefoot.
  • Never soak your feet.
  • Never trim corns or calluses at home.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.

>> Click here for the Neuropathic Ulcers brochure.

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