In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about diabetic wounds on the feet and ankles. Have you heard the saying “Time Heals All Wounds”. This may not be true for diabetic wounds. A diabetic wound or ulceration is an open sore or wound that most often occurs on the bottom of the foot. Of those with diabetes, who develop a wound on the foot, some of those wounds will become non-healing wounds due to infection or a ulcer-related complication. Statistics tell us that 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require amputation. Dr. Reminga says, “That number is too high. Research has shown that the development of a foot ulcer IS preventable and, in my experience, can be avoided altogether due to new breakthroughs in wound care treatment.”

Foot ulcers are a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down and exposing the layers underneath. Foot ulcers are most common under the big toes and the balls of the feet. There are 29 million people in the United States that have diabetes. Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer. 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. Patients who have had diabetes for many years can develop neuropathy, which is a reduced or complete lack of ability to feel, pain in the feet due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels.

The diabetic patient's foot health must be monitored closely as this is often the first place that health complications can manifest. I recommend that diabetic patients, at the very least, schedule a yearly exam, at our office, to help prevent bigger problems from occurring. As Dr. Reminga mentioned in the beginning signs of foot ulcers are not always obvious.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.