A member asked:

Does having type 1 or type 2 diabetes increase my chances of getting a diabetic foot ulcer?

14 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Ankush Bansal answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes: Diabetes (1 or 2) does increase the chance of foot ulcers but this can be mitigated by maintaining control of your diabetes (i.e., blood sugars). In addition, managing high blood pressure is important as well for proper cardiovascular health and blood flow.

Answered 9/30/2020


Dr. Scott Bolhack answered

Specializes in Wound care

Diabetes mellitus: Yes, being a diabetic would increase your risk of obtaining a diabetic ulcer. Any type of diabetes can increase those chances. We think that by controlling the levels of the blood sugar over a long period of time, that your risk for these ulcers are decreased.

Answered 10/4/2016


Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Yes: All diabetics could develop a foot ulcer. Patients with diabetes are particularly susceptible to foot infection primarily because of neuropathy, vascular insufficiency, and due to a diminished healing ability. Patients with diabetes lose the protective sensations for temperature and pain. Impairing awareness of trauma such as abrasions, friction, and blistering, can lead to open wounds.

Answered 2/17/2013


Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Both.: Any diabetic (type 1 or 2) with peripheral neuropathy is at risk for developing a foot ulcer. Wear good protective supportive shoes, perform daily foot checks, keep your blood sugar as controlled as possible, and find a good podiatrist in your area in case you need some help in future!

Answered 5/4/2013


Dr. Adam Ringler answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Diabetic ulcer: Diabetics have increased risk for development of ulcers because of neuropathy which is often seen in uncontrolled diabetics. Neuropathy is a condition in which there is loss of sensation to the feet. This lack of sensation causes there to be no pain and therefore ulcerations can develop do to poor fitting shoes or do to stepping on something. This can be seen in either type one or type ii diabet.

Answered 9/29/2016



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