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Your Diabetic Foot Ulcer May Also be Known as:
Diabetic foot wound
Wound on foot from diabetes

Top 7 Diabetic Foot Ulcer Causes

  1. 1.Chronic Foot Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the foot is a bacterial or fungal infection of the foot bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    warm red foot swelling, spontaneous foot pain
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic foot bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    diabetic foot ulcer, spontaneous foot pain, warm red foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Acute Bone Infection of the Foot (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the foot is a bacterial or fungal infection of the foot bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bone infection of the foot (osteomyelitis):
    diabetic foot ulcer, spontaneous foot pain, warm red foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Skin Infection of the Foot

    Cellulitis is a common and possibly dangerous skin infection if left untreated. It is typically caused by bacteria living on the skin getting into the skin itself.

    You should visit your primary care doctor as soon as possible for a sick visit. He or she will examine the infection and possibly provide antibiotics.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, foot pain, foot redness, warm red foot swelling, swollen ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with skin infection of the foot:
    foot redness, foot pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin and determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, lower leg pain, lower leg redness, painful swelling in the lower leg, calf pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    lower leg redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Charcot Arthropathy of the Ankle

    Charcot Arthropathy of the foot is a syndrome where patients with numbness of their feet, which can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such as diabetes, develop weakening of the bones in the foot and ankle. Thus they may have fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints that occur with little trauma.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment usually involves a protective split, walking brace, or cast.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, pain in one ankle, painful ankle swelling, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the ankle:
    warm red ankle swelling, constant ankle swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Charcot Arthropathy of the Foot

    Charcot Arthropathy of the foot is a syndrome where patients with numbness of their feet, which can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such as diabetes, develop weakening of the bones in the foot and ankle. Thus they may have fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints that occur with little trauma.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment usually involves a protective split, walking brace, or cast.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, painful foot swelling, constant foot swelling, pain in one foot, warm red foot swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the foot:
    warm red foot swelling, constant foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a condition where pain, numbness, weakness, and motor loss occur in the limbs due to the effects of diabetes on the nerves.

    You should visit your primary care physician when convenient, a diagnosis can be made with testing. If diagnosed, your physician can create a treatment plan to manage the pain and motor restrictions that come with this condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Diabetic Foot Ulcer

  • Q.Is your fatigue getting any better or worse?
  • Q.Is your fever constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Is your vomiting constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Has your nausea been constant or come-and-go?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our diabetic foot ulcer symptom checker.

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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced diabetic foot ulcer have also experienced:

    • 9% Fever
    • 9% Daytime Sleepiness
    • 4% Pain on One Side

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