Risk Factors for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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Apr 04, 2012

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Risk Factors for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are common in people with diabetes compared with other healthy persons the most prominent reason being lack of care. A skin ulcer occurs when a part of the skin or an area of the skin has broken down to expose the underlying tissue. Here are risk factors for diabetic foot ulcers:


Lack of Feet Care

The longer one has diabetes and the older the person is, the higher is the risk of developing foot ulcers. Besides, if the blood sugar levels are not controlled well, the diabetic will increase his/her risk of foot ulcer by 80%.


Narrowed arteries

You are at a higher risk of diabetic foot ulcer if you have narrowed arteries. Narrowed arteries may be due to engagement in unhealthy activities such as smoking, little physical activity, obesity or high blood pressure.



You are at a higher risk of diabetic foot ulcers if you have had foot ulcer before. You can, however, reduce your chances of having a relapse by managing diabetes well and taking care of your feet.


Oversensitive Feet

If your feet are prone to minor cuts, calluses or corns, you may be at a risk of diabetic foot ulcer. These foot problems may be caused if:

  • You are prone or have foot problems such as bunions that put pressure on the points of the foot.
  • You wear shoes that are uncomfortable or tight and exert pressure on the feet.
  • You have problems in the feet that affect the way you walk or cause discomfort when you bend.

How to Prevent Foot Ulcers?

According to experts of diabetes treatment, people, who take good care of their feet, are less likely to develop foot ulcers. Therefore, the primary solution to protecting oneself from getting foot ulcer is taking care of the foot. Here is how you can keep your feet healthy and happy:

  • Look carefully at your feet each day, especially the space between the toes. If you cannot do this by yourself, appoint someone to do it for you. Paying attention to the feet is especially important if you have a much less sensation to external stimulation around the feet. There is a decent chance that you will not feel anything wrong with your feet.
  • If you see an unusual growth on your feet and have no idea what to do, consult a podiatrist or doctor.
  • Do not attempt clearing the corns, verrucas or calluses by yourself. Ensure that they are treated by a health professional such as your doctor or podiatrist. Do not use acid plasters or other chemical plasters to remove the corns, blisters etc.
  • Keep your feet moisturised to prevent the skin from cracking. Avoid moisturising the area between the toes as that may become excessively moist and be the breeding place for new infections.


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