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Diabetic Ulcer – What you need to know to avoid dire consequences…

What is it

A Diabetic ulcer is an opening through all layers of the skin into the tissue under the skin. An ulcer can penetrate as deep as the bone. Some ulcers don’t hurt because of damaged nerves known as neuropathy. Diabetic ulcers usually occur on the toes and balls of the feet.

What are the risks

• An Infection can be quite serious ultimately leading to loss of life.
• An Amputation from poor circulation is possible.
• Slow healing from elevated blood sugar and/or too much pressure on the foot.
• Bone infection from not attending to the wound early enough.

What NOT to do

• Avoid putting full weight on the ulcer.
• Don’t use any products on the ulcer other than what the doctor recommended.
• Don’t ignore the warning signs of infection (pain, redness, swelling, drainage)
• Don’t walk without shoes.

Timeline Expectation

Some ulcers can heal in a few weeks and some take months. Following our protocol and being patient are mission critical.

The BIG picture

A Diabetic ulcer can be a very serious condition. Neglect has led to amputations and death. Any small opening in the skin must be attended to professionally, as early as possible. Early professional intervention increases the chance of faster healing and less down time. Together we can avoid dire consequences.

Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrists in Bradenton & Sarasota, FL

"Dr. V. And the staff are AWESOME! Everyone was friendly and didn't make me feel like they were rushing me out the door. Very comfortable!!"

- Cid De S.

"The most wonderful staff an doctor's i had the pleasure to meet. I was sent there thru VA Community Care. I highly recommend West Coast Podiatry Center . You can't beat the smiles or the manners or the staff an doctor's anywhere else. Yes i am 100% disabled veteran an i get better care outside doctors than the VA doctors we have."

- Giovanni C.

"Dr. Z is amazing. Always thorough and patient. The office staff is courteous and efficient. Would recommend this doctor if you are having feet issues!!"

- Amy R.

"The staff is always friendly and courteous. Dr. Z is awesome. I was so impressed that after my last visit she researched alternative therapies that may help my particular situation. She went above and beyond to try and help me find comfort. It really showed me how much she cared. I would highly recommend West Coast Podiatry."

- Tara G.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of West Coast Podiatry. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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You will meet with one of our experts to discuss your goals and have all your questions answered.

Discuss Your Goals
Review Your Medical History
Thorough Exam
Provide You With A Custom Treatment Plan

Bradenton, FL Office
1611 53rd Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34207

Phone: 941-753-9599

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Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL Office
1961 Floyd St., Ste. D
Sarasota, FL 34239

Phone: 941-366-2627

Monday: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
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