Where to Find Us

We are conveniently located in the   College Park Shopping Center on Auburn Drive just off South Military Highway. Visit us in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, Virginia, during our regular office hours to speak with one of our specialists.



Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional Appointments Available on Friday, Saturday and Evenings 




Links:
Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation™

American Diabetes Association™

American Podiatric Medical Assc.™ 

American College of Foot
and Ankle Surgeons™



Diabetic Ulcers Care and Prevention


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Diabetes Overview   How You Get Diabetes     Podiatric Physician's Role  Diabetic Related Wounds
Diabetic Foot Ulcers   Treatment of DFUs     Prevention    

 

What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that most commonly occurs on the bottom of the foot in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, six percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.
Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14 to 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer have an amputation. Research, however, has shown that the development of a foot ulcer is preventable.
     
Who Can Get a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer.  Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and older men are more likely to develop ulcers. People who use insulin are at a higher risk of developing a foot ulcer, as are patients with diabetes-related kidney, eye, and heart disease. Being overweight and using alcohol and tobacco also play a role in the development of foot ulcers.
 
How do Diabetic Foot Ulcers Form?
Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation (such as friction or pressure), and trauma, as well as duration of diabetes. Patients who have diabetes for many years can develop neuropathy, a reduced or complete lack of feeling in the feet due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels over time. The nerve damage often can occur without pain and one may not even be aware of the problem. Your podiatric physician can test feet for neuropathy with a simple and painless tool called a monofilament.

Vascular disease can complicate a foot ulcer, reducing the body's ability to heal and increasing the risk for an infection. Elevations in blood glucose can reduce the body's ability to fight off a potential infection and also retard healing.


 

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