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We all get wounds on our feet, sometimes from shoes that
have rubbed or by injuring our feet in some other way.
Although walking and wearing shoes might slow down healing a bit these
wounds should take no more than 4 weeks or so to heal.
If your wound is taking longer to heal or there are no signs of healing, it
might be a sign of an underlying problem that needs investigating.
WOUNDS, SORES Arteries can become `furred' up by the build-up
of fibrous and fatty material inside the arteries
AND ULCERS ON (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis is the underlying
condition that causes heart disease such as heart
THE FOOT attacks and strokes as well as affecting the arteries
that supply the legs. This is called peripheral arterial
What causes wounds, sores and ulcers You can read more about peripheral arterial
on the foot to not heal?
disease on NHS Choices and on the British Heart
Foundation website.
Peripheral arterial disease Diabetes
One cause of poor healing in the lower leg is when Peripheral arterial disease is a known complication
not enough blood is getting to our feet. Blood of diabetes. You can read more about peripheral
travels from our heart to our feet through our arterial disease and diabetes on NHS Choices and
arteries. If our arteries become too narrow, our skin on the Diabetes UK website.
will not get enough blood to allow the wound to Diabetes can also cause loss of sensation
heal as normal. (neuropathy) so you may not notice when you injure
your foot because you cannot feel the pain.
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WHAT DO When you see the nurse, podiatrist or doctor, they
FOOT ULCERS ? Ask about your symptoms and how long you
have had problems
LOOK LIKE? ? Examine your lower legs
? Do a special test called a Doppler Ultrasound.
This test compares blood flow in your ankle with
that in your arm to find out if there are blood
Examples of flow problems in your lower leg. You may have to
heel cracks come back to have your Doppler test on another
and the day or at another clinic but you should have this
beginnings of test within a few weeks of your first appointment
a foot ulcer. ? Test how much sensation you have in your feet
You might also be offered some more tests to rule
out other health problems that can affect your
legs, including diabetes, anaemia, thyroid, kidney
and cholesterol problems.
A typical foot If your GP practice thinks you have problems
ulcer with your arteries, they may refer you for further
vascular tests at your local hospital or specialist
GETTING What treatment will I be offered for my
DIAGNOSED WITH foot ulcer?
You should be referred to a specialist podiatrist
A FOOT ULCER and / or vascular service to look into why your foot
wound is not healing. Treatment may involve:
If you have a wound on your foot that is not ? Specialist footwear and / or insoles
healing, make an appointment at your GP ? Removal of any dead tissue (debridement)
practice or with a podiatrist. You may be given ? Dressings
an appointment to see the nurse rather than ? Exploration of any other medical conditions
the doctor as they (and podiatrists) are often ? Antibiotics - only if the wound is infected
responsible for caring for patients with leg and foot
If you know you have diabetes and you have a FURTHER
wound on your foot, then you should seek advice
from your healthcare professional urgently (i.e. READING
within 1 day). You can find out more about how to look after your
Make sure you remove any nail polish from your feet:
toenails before your appointment. ? Diabetes UK - diabetes.org.uk
? The Legs Matter website - legsmatter.org
Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved legsmatter.org

What do diabetic leg sores look like? What do diabetic sores on legs look like? Diabetic Blisters They’re usually white with no red around them. The blisters might look scary, but they usually don’t hurt and heal on their own in about 3 weeks. They could be a sign that you have diabetes or that your blood sugar levels aren’t controlled. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.