Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers can often occur along with Peripheral Neuropathy, a loss of feeling in your limbs caused by nerve damage. The symptoms include numbness, burning pain and extreme sensitivity.

Here are some simple steps to help prevent diabetic ulcers:

Inspect your feet daily. Look at the soles, toenails and between your toes. Call your doctor if you notice:

  • Hot spots, red streaks, swelling, cracks, sores or injuries
  • Burning, tingling or a "pins and needles" feeling
  • Toenail problems causing redness, pan, or changes in thickness or color

Clean your feet daily.

  • Use only lukewarm water and mild soap; always wash between your toes.
  • Dry your feet well with a gentle patting motion.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion, especially to the heel area, but not between the toes.

Wear proper footwear.

  • Never walk barefoot.
  • Do not wear tight or uncomfortable shoes.
  • Avoid shoes with open toes and heels.

Remember to have regular check-ups. Foot problems develop quickly, so it's important to see a healthcare provider regularly to track blood flow and the feeling in your feet and recommend foot exercises to promote strength and flexibility. Read more about proper foot care.