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Foot ulcer Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Foot ulcer. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had an ulcer on the foot?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Do you think you noticed the ulcer when it began or is it possible that it could have been present for some time before you noticed it?

    Why: the latter is often the case with neuropathic ulcers.

  3. Where exactly is the ulcer on the foot?

    Why: can help determine the cause of the foot ulcer e.g. venous ulcers usually occur on the medial side of the lower third of the leg but may occur further down on the foot; arterial ulcers are found on the tips of the toes and over pressure areas.

  4. Is there a history of trauma to the area that has an ulcer?

    Why: may indicate a traumatic ulcer or an arterial ulcer that has developed due to poor healing subsequent to even minor trauma.

  5. Do you have diabetes?

    Why: diabetes can be associated with both arterial ulcers (because of large vessel atherosclerosis) and neuropathic ulcers (because of peripheral neuropathy).

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. people with arterial ulcers due to inadequate arterial blood supply often have symptoms or history of stroke, transient ischemic attacks, angina or heart attacks; arterial ulcers can occur in people with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), Raynaud's disease, scleroderma, Buerger's disease and diabetes; neuropathic ulcers can occur in people with diabetes, leprosy, tabes dorsalis ( tertiary syphilis), spinal cord lesions and alcoholism; people with venous ulcers may have a past history of deep venous thrombosis or varicose veins.

  7. Pain?

    Why: e.g. arterial ulcers due to inadequate arterial blood supply are usually very painful and include pain at rest.

  8. Discharge?

    Why: may or may not indicate infection of the ulcer site.

  9. Symptoms of arterial vascular disease?

    Why: e.g. intermittent claudication, leg pain at rest, dry pale skin on lower legs, loss of hair on lower legs.

  10. Symptoms of diabetes mellitus

    Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, dry mouth.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Foot ulcer:

The following list of conditions have 'Foot ulcer' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Foot ulcer:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Foot ulcer' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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