What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is a sore in the skin of the foot in someone with diabetes. These sores can be small or quite deep and go all the way to the bone.
If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
Your increased risk is because diabetes can damage the nerves (neuropathy) and blood vessels (circulation) in your feet. Because of this damage, you can experience numbness and reduced feeling in your feet and as a result you may not be able to feel pain and discomfort allowing an ulcer to continue to get worse. In addition, the poor circulation in your feet reduces your ability to heal.
Treat your diabetic foot ulcer as early as possible to prevent complications.
Unfortunately, if left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can become serious, placing you at risk for complications, amputation and other life-threatening conditions.
In people with diabetes, 85% of lower leg amputations start out as a foot ulcer1
50% of people with diabetes who have had a lower leg amputation pass away within 3 years2
People with a history of diabetic foot ulcers have a 40% greater risk of death over 10 years than people with diabetes alone.3
The relative risk of death within 5 years after limb amputation is 39%-80%, which is a higher risk of death compared with most forms of cancer.4,5
View Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment and Healing
The cornerstone of any treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer is off-loading. Off-loading means reducing pressure or weight bearing on the foot…more
Diabetic Foot Ulcers Can Heal.
Fortunately, effective treatments exist. So take action and talk to your doctor as early as possible. Early and effective treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer is the best way to prevent complications BEFORE they occur!