Want to know more about diabetic foot ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers are complicated by a reduction or loss of sensation in the foot (neuropathic ulcers) or by inadequate blood supply to the foot (ischaemic ulcers) or both (neuro-ischaemic ulcers).

Minor wounds such as blisters, which are easily caused by poorly fitting footwear, or calluses caused by repetitive mechanical stress on the foot, may develop into full ulcers, if left untreated.1 Patients with diabetes should therefore take special care of their feet.

Common locations for ulceration are the heel and pad of the foot, and the surfaces of the toes.

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Inadequate blood supply to the foot (ischaemic ulcers)
Reduction or loss of sensation in the foot (neuropathic ulcers)
Ulceration on the heel and pad of the foot

If you suspect that you have a diabetic foot ulcer or that one is developing, seek medical attention immediately. Furthermore, your healthcare provider can provide advice on looking after your health and your feet to reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers.


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