Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. Or, for a more comprehensive search of our entire Web site, enter your term(s) in the search bar provided.
As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.
Click on one of the links below.
The information provided by Visual Media Concepts, Inc. website, products, and services is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as professional advice on any subject matter. Information is supplied upon the condition that the persons receiving same will make their own determination as to its suitability for their purposes prior to use. In no event will Visual Media Concepts, Inc. be responsible for damages of any nature whatsoever resulting from the use of or reliance upon information from the products or websites which the information refers. The content of this product and website contains general information. Visual Media Concepts, Inc. expressly disclaims all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any and all of the contents of our products and website.
Ulcers are skin wounds that are slow to heal. In the foot, as prominent metatarsal heads on the plantar (bottom of the foot)are subjected to increased pressure, the skin begins to become callused. When subjected to shearing forces, there is a separation between the layers on this callused skin, which fills with fluid and becomes contaminated and infected. The result is a foot ulcer.
Ulcers are classified in four stages, according to how deeply they penetrate the layers of skin they have broken through.
The four stages of ulcers are:
The are also four major cause of foot ulcers:
Foot ulcers are a common problem for diabetics. Contact casts are sometimes applied to the diabetic foot to relieve the bony prominent areas of pressure, allowing ulcers to heal.