A member asked:

How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Very: With the increase in the number of diabetics foot ulcers will continue to rise..

Answered 8/10/2012

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Dr. Randy Lisch answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Very: This is very common especially in diabetics with neuropathy. Since they have no feeling in their feet, they are prone to break down. Proper shoe wear and seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis is a must!

Answered 5/2/2015

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Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Very common.: Which isn't a good thing. A diabetic foot ulcer is an outward sign of an internal problem that has been going on for far too long already. Ulcers occur in people who have had uncontrolled blood sugars, and generally also have peripheral neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. A diabetic ulcer should be as much of a wake up call to a diabetic as a heart attack is to someone with heart disease.

Answered 11/24/2016

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Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Very common.: Diabetics are at a higher risk for foot problems due to possibly having diminished, sensation and circulation in the feet which may lead to diabetic foot wounds. Seek professional advice to see how you can prevent possible complications.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Scott Bolhack answered

Specializes in Wound care

Dfu's and stats: About 5% of diabetics develop foot ulcers each year. Good blood sugar control is important. Examination of your feet daily; and checking what goes on your feet each day is most important.

Answered 11/13/2014

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