Dealing With Neuropathic Foot Ulcers

Neuropathic foot ulcers, commonly occurring in individuals with conditions like diabetes or spinal cord injuries, pose significant challenges to foot health. Ulcers form at the site of wounds that won’t heal, causing redness, pain, and inflammation. Treating neuropathic foot ulcers involves several strategies to ensure successful healing and avoid complications. Wound care is essential, involving regular cleansing, dead tissue removal, and proper dressing application to help prevent infections. Specialized shoes or casts can minimize pressure and enhance the healing process. Medications, such as antibiotics and analgesics, can aid in pain control, ward off infection, and accelerate wound healing. Proper management of underlying medical conditions, like diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, also helps to prevent neuropathic ulcers. Lifestyle modifications, including quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and performing regular exercises, are other ways to reduce risk. A vigilant foot care routine, control of blood sugar levels, and safeguarding the feet against injuries are three important preventative factors. For help with foot ulcers, it is suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist who is trained to deal with this condition.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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