Diabetic Leg Sores (Wounds) Specialist

Goke Akinwande, MD -  - Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy

Goke Akinwande, MD

Vascular and Endovascular Specialist located in St. Louis, MO, Farmington, MO & Swansea, IL

More than 30 million Americans live with diabetes and have an increased risk of developing diabetic wounds like sores and ulcers. If you have diabetic leg sores, contact the Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy, with offices in St. Louis and Farmington, Missouri, for expert care. The vascular and endovascular specialists provide comprehensive diabetic wound care treatments to help your body heal and prevent complications from diabetes. Call one of the offices or schedule a consultation online today for expert evaluation of diabetic leg sores.

Diabetic Leg Sores (Wounds) Q & A

What are diabetic wounds?

A diabetic wound is an ulcer that forms because your disease interferes with your body’s natural healing ability. Diabetic wounds often begin as minor nicks or cuts, but instead of healing, pressure from walking, standing, or even wearing shoes makes the injury worse until it turns into an ulcer. These sores can form under your big toe, on the balls of your feet, or on your legs.

When left untreated, diabetic wounds can become very deep. Unfortunately, they’re also prone to infection, which leads to necrosis, and in very severe cases, amputation. Many people are unaware that amputations can be prevented. 

How does diabetes cause leg sores?

Unmanaged diabetes and continuously elevated blood sugar levels cause damage throughout your body, including blood vessel and nerve damage. These two issues combine to create the perfect environment for chronic wounds. In most cases, diabetic wounds form on your feet, ankles, and lower legs. 

When diabetes damages your blood vessels, this reduces your circulation, depriving your body of oxygen and other essential nutrients necessary to tissue regeneration and repair. As a result, your skin becomes thin and prone to injury.

This thinning makes it easier for minor blisters and abrasions to form. Additionally, low circulation impedes your body’s healing ability, so your minor injuries don’t heal properly and get worse from continued pressure. 

At the same time, nerve damage reduces your ability to feel pressure, pain, and other sensations. This nerve impairment means that you might not notice a wound in its early stages and don’t get the treatment you need to prevent the injury from worsening and becoming an ulcer.

When should I talk to a doctor about diabetic leg sores?

If you have diabetes, you should speak to your doctor about diabetic wounds and leg sores before they even happen. Many doctors encourage people with diabetes to see a podiatrist regularly for simple toenail maintenance and foot checks. This practice helps you avoid injuries and get early treatment if you injure yourself.

However, if you already have a diabetic leg sore, call the Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy right away. Don’t assume that you can take care of your wound on your own. Diabetic wounds don’t heal like typical injuries and require specialist care.

How are diabetic wounds treated?

The Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy provides comprehensive diabetic wound care. After your initial consultation, your physician creates your customized treatment plan.

Given that the majority of diabetic sores are caused by poor circulation, we will perform an ultrasound study to access your vascular flow. If there is a problem with your flow, an angiogram can be performed and the flow can be improved without major surgery. 

Don’t delay treatment if you have a diabetic wound. Instead, call the Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy or make an appointment online — it could save your leg or your life.