That’s why it is so important to not only include a podiatrist on your diabetes management team, but also to learn the signs of both venous and arterial ulcers, a common sign of vascular disease. Here is what to look for on your next daily foot exam:

COMMON SIGNS OF A VENOUS ULCER:

  1. Shallow or superficial appearance
  2. Irregular shape
  3. Small to large
  4. Brownish in appearance
  5. Skin tends to be thick
  6. Pain, usually related to
  7. edema, or swelling

YOU’LL MOST LIKELY FIND A VENOUS ULCER:

On the lower leg and ankle

COMMON SIGNS OF AN ARTERIAL ULCER:

  1. Punched-out appearance
  2. Smooth wound edges
  3. Leg/foot maybe cool to the touch
  4. Skin is pale, shiny, taut, and thin
  5. Minimal to no hair growth on the limbs
  6. Pain, especially at night

YOU’LL MOST LIKELY FIND AN ARTERIAL ULCER:

On the side of the foot/leg, but one can occur anywhere on the lower leg or foot

By | 2017-11-28T03:49:39+00:00 November 28th, 2017|

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