Foot Ulcer Specialist

Local Foot Doc -  - Podiatrist

Local Foot Doc

Podiatrists located in Brooklyn & Queens, New York City, NY

As many as 10% of diabetics develop a foot ulcer, which can lead to amputation if not properly treated. If you have an open sore or wound on your foot, schedule an exam with Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the team at Local Foot Doc right away. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Book your foot ulcer evaluation online or call any location directly to speak with at team member.

Foot Ulcer Q & A

What causes a foot ulcer?

Foot ulcers are one of the most common and most serious complications of diabetes. These wounds often start as a small cut, blister, or sore. 

Since blood flow is severely limited in your feet because of the effects of gravity, in addition to the effects of poorly managed diabetes, even a minor wound can stay open too long, leaving it prone to serious infection.

Your risk of developing foot ulcers increases due to:

  • Walking barefoot or not wearing socks with shoes
  • Wearing ill-fitting, snug, or pointy shoes
  • Frequent episodes of high blood sugar
  • Nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy)
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Heart or kidney disease

Sometimes foot ulcers also begin as tiny cracks in your feet if your skin is overly dry.

What are the symptoms of a foot ulcer?

Foot ulcers lead to a wide variety of signs and symptoms and because you’re prone to nerve damage with diabetes, you may or may not be able to feel pain. When you have a foot ulcer, you may notice:

  • Foul foot odor 
  • Oozing blood or pus
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Tingling or burning sensations
  • Blackened skin tissue (eschar) surrounding the ulcer

Because foot ulcers often begin as small wounds, it’s important to examine your feet daily and visit Local Foot Doc at the first sign of a foot ulcer. 

What is the treatment for foot ulcers?

Treating foot ulcers involves getting your current infection under control, while promoting tissue healing. 

After removing damaged and ulcerated skin through an in-office procedure known as “wound debridement,” your podiatrist bandages your wound and shows you how to care for it at home. 

Your foot ulcer treatment plan from Local Foot Doc might also include:

  • Custom orthotics or diabetic shoes to off-load pressure
  • Oral or topical antibiotic medications 
  • Antiplatelet or anticlotting drugs 

For severe foot ulcers, you may need a limb salvage procedure. This type of surgery involves removing seriously ulcerated or gangrenous tissues and making any other essential repairs in an effort to prevent amputation. With a team of podiatrists at Local Foot Doc who specialize in foot ulcer care, you can feel confident that you’re in capable hands. 

If you have a foot ulcer, book an exam at Local Foot Doc as soon as possible. You can book your appointment online or over the phone with any office location.