Misdiagnosis of Leg Ulcers Can Cause Older Patients to Require Amputations

Peripheral Arterial DiseaseAn elderly reverend named Grahame Stephens was checked into the hospital yesterday for complications arising from ulcers on his ankle. At first doctors identified the problem as high blood pressure in his veins, but when the ulcers got worse, they re-checked the diagnosis, and realized that the reverend’s troubles were actually caused by blockage in his leg’s main artery. Stephens had to undergo an intense amount of surgery before the ulcers were able to be re-treated, this time using methods standard for ulcers caused by artery blockage.

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from a systemic disease, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus - is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet:

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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