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Diabetic Ulcers & Neuropathy

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Patients who suffer from diabetes should be aware of the potential foot-related problems that may occur. One example is a diabetic foot ulcer, which is an open sore or wound that develops on the bottom of the foot. Roughly 15 percent of people who suffer from diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer, and 6 percent will experience some sort of infection or complication, potentially causing them to end up in the hospital to get proper treatment. Our podiatrist in Bolingbrook wants to help diabetic patients be aware of symptoms and warning signs to ensure they stay healthy and pain-free.

Causes of Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetics, specifically those who use insulin, are at an increased risk of developing diabetic ulcers. Those who suffer from diabetes-related kidney, eye and heart disease are also at a higher risk, as are those who use alcohol and tobacco.

Ulcers themselves form because of many reasons, including foot deformities, a lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, trauma, and diabetes in general.


If you have had diabetes for many years, you are at risk of developing neuropathy, which is either a reduced or a complete lack of ability to feel any pain that is occurring in your feet. This is due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels over a period of time. Because this nerve damage doesn’t cause any pain, patients are not aware of the problems that are developing. In order to test your feet for neuropathy, our podiatrist in Bolingbrook will conduct a simple test using a tool called a monofilament.

Symptoms of Foot Ulcers

Pain is not a common symptom of foot ulcers, as many people who develop foot ulcers are not able to feel pain in their feet. The first symptom that many patients notice is drainage that leaks onto your socks. Other symptoms include redness and swelling surrounding the ulceration, and potentially an odor if it has progressed to that point.

The goal of our podiatrist in Bolingbrook is always to diagnose foot ulcers as soon as possible to help prevent the chances of infection. It is important to manage the blood glucose level and apply medication and dressing as necessary. Avoid walking barefoot and cleanse the wound daily.

If you believe that you are suffering from any sort of diabetic ulcer, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Suburban Foot & Ankle.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association