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How Do I Know When I Have A Foot Ulcer?

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A foot ulcer is an open sore somewhere on your foot. The term ‘ulcer’ refers to a wound or hole in the skin. We often hear about a stomach ulcer, which is a hole in the lining of the stomach. A foot ulcer is a break in the skin that is usually, but not always, shaped like a crater. Foot ulcers often occur in high-pressure areas, so it is common to find one under a callus or surrounded by callus. The most common foot ulcer locations are on the bottom or the side of the big toe and on the ball of the foot, especially under the big toe joint. The ball of the foot under the little toe joint is also a common place for foot ulcers.

However, diabetic foot ulcers can occur anywhere on the feet. Be aware that the actual break in the skin casn be very small, but a larger ulcer may be hidden from view under the surrounding callus or skin. This is why it is important to have your feet inspected by a professional if you think you might have a foot ulcer. Most amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer. Treatment of ulcers is, therefore, of vital importance.

The only way for you to know whether you have a foot ulcer is by seeing it or feeling it. That is why people with diabetes should inspect their feet carefully every day.

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