About Foot Ulcers
About 15% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer due to aspects of the disease. Diabetes can damage nerves (neuropathy) and is often associated with poor blood circulation in the lower legs. These may make a person with diabetes more susceptible to wounds, infection and delayed wound healing.
Loss of sensation
Because you have less sensation in your feet due to neuropathy, you are less likely to feel an injury or infection. For example, you may walk on hot sand and burn the soles of your feet, or step on a nail and not feel it. It is important that you wear proper shoes and check your feet at least twice daily, because if you don’t notice an injury, it will get worse.
Poor circulation means that injured skin heals more slowly and is prone to infection. If your foot is pale and cool you may have compromised blood circulation. Remember to always seek professional help if you have diabetes and foot problems.
Consulting a healthcare provider:
If you are diabetic and have a new wound on your foot, then you should seek medical attention right away. While you are caring for your wound at home per your provider’s instructions and the wound gets worse or persists or if there are signs of infection such as redness, swelling, fever, pain or burning, increased drainage, becomes warm to the touch, then consult a health care provider.
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