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- MINOR FOOT ULCER
-FOOTWEAR ADVICE

Foot ulcers

 

What is it?

  • A foot ulcer is a breakdown of the epidermal (outer) layers of skin.

 

Why does this happen?

  • Whether through severe corns becoming ulcerated due to compressional and shearing stresses; diabetes; varicose ulcers; venous ulcers or other underlying factors.

    • The epidermal tissues (outer layers of skin) degrade, becoming infected, inflamed and seeping fluid.

  • At 'Simply Podiatry Limited' minor ulcerations can be assessed and treated.  If the area is deemed as 'high risk' then a letter of recommendation will be written to see their GP.  The GP can then make an appropriate referral to a specialised 'High Risk Diabetic Foot Clinic'.

  • Minor ulcerations require debridement of the necrotic tissue to encourage healthy skin growth. The podiatrist will also address deflective padding, offloading and the most appropriate footwear required.

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Stages of progression for an ulcer to heal:

  • 1) Active

    • (Wound size increases)

  • 2) Proliferative

    • (Wound decreases)

  • 3) Maturation scar forms

    • (Wound closes)

Footwear Advice

  • We all like the way our shoes look and feel, so I believe with regular podiatric care everything worn in moderation shouldn't hold us back.

  • Footwear advice will be based on the principle characteristics of what makes a good shoe.

  • When giving advise on appropriate footwear several factors will be taken  into consideration (the patients’ health; the shape of their feet, their lifestyle, work activities).

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