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Common Locations of Foot Ulcers

September 7, 2018

Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is side effect of diabetes. It also plays a large role in getting a  diabetic foot ulcer. In case you didn’t know, a diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound where underlying skin is exposed.

Anyone with diabetes, both Type 1 and 2, is at risk of getting a foot ulcer. When you have nerve damage, you may not be able to feel a cut or injury on your feet. If you continue to walk on an injury, it can become worse, not heal, turn into an ulcer or become infected.

When you get an ulcer layers of skin and tissue are destroyed and the infection can go further into your body.

You should check your feet every day, and if you notice anything out of the ordinary talk to your doctor. Here are a few things to look for when you check your feet:

  • A blister with fluid
  • A shallow red or yellow gap
  • A deep, calloused crater
  • A black wound

You can get a foot ulcer in many different places.  When checking your feet for an injury, pay most attention to these areas:

Bottom of Foot

This is the most common place for foot ulcers, as the bottom of your foot is most exposed to the elements.

Toes

Foot ulcers can also develop on the tops of the toes or on the bottom of the big toe.

Side of Foot

Ulcers that appear on the side of your feet are due most often to ill-fitting shoes. Make sure that your shoes are supportive and protective.

If you think you have a foot ulcer or injury, call your doctor immediately.

Disclaimer: If you have diabetes, you should see a podiatrist, foot doctor, at least once a year. A podiatrist can help you by saying your specific risk factors for an ulcer.

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