Neuropathic Ulcers

The specialists at the Center for Diabetic Limb Preservation at Northwest Hospital provide comprehensive diagnosis, screenings and treatment for neuropathic ulcers, which is a condition that most commonly leads to foot amputation. Approximately 15% of all patients who have diabetes will also get a foot ulcer.

What is a neuropathic ulcer?

A neuropathic ulcer occurs when there is repetitive stress on the feet. Constant stress causes the foot to develop “hot spots” and callus (hardening of the skin) buildup. The ulcer usually appears on the sole of the foot, with dry, cracked and fissured skin. The condition most commonly affects people with diabetes.

Causes

Causes of neuropathic ulcers include:

  • Constant pressure on the foot
  • Diabetes
  • Renal Failure
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Low glucose levels
  • Lack of sensation in the foot

Symptoms

Symptoms of neuropathic ulcers include:

  • Calloused skin
  • Open sores

If any of the above symptoms apply to you, come see our specialists at the Center for Diabetic Limb Preservation at Northwest Hospital so they can treat and prevent further complications.