21 doctors weighed in:
Are diabetic foot ulcers contagious?
21 doctors weighed in

Dr. Karim Badawy
Podiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: They are not...
Hello, Diabetic foot ulcers are not contagious and not everyone with diabetes will obtain one.
With proper glucose control and timely/monitored footcare they can be avoided. The vascular and nerve status in the lower extremity are also important to prevent their formation. Shoe gear is also important for prevention. Be sure to be vigilant with any callus, cut, blister, or bruises in the feet.

In brief: They are not...
Hello, Diabetic foot ulcers are not contagious and not everyone with diabetes will obtain one.
With proper glucose control and timely/monitored footcare they can be avoided. The vascular and nerve status in the lower extremity are also important to prevent their formation. Shoe gear is also important for prevention. Be sure to be vigilant with any callus, cut, blister, or bruises in the feet.
Dr. Karim Badawy
Dr. Karim Badawy
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
This is not a process that is contagious.

In brief: No
This is not a process that is contagious.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Only if infected
Diabetic foot ulcers happen becauese of poor circulation or numbness in the foot.
Neither of these problems is contagious. However, if a foot ulcer started draining pus this would indicate a secondary infection. Infections are definitely contagious, spread from 1 person to the next by contact with the drainage on clothing or wound dressings. Good handwashing prevents spread.

In brief: Only if infected
Diabetic foot ulcers happen becauese of poor circulation or numbness in the foot.
Neither of these problems is contagious. However, if a foot ulcer started draining pus this would indicate a secondary infection. Infections are definitely contagious, spread from 1 person to the next by contact with the drainage on clothing or wound dressings. Good handwashing prevents spread.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not by any
Means.
.... They are dangerous though, and one should not attempt to treat them by themselves.

In brief: Not by any
Means.
.... They are dangerous though, and one should not attempt to treat them by themselves.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No
But without appropriate treatment, they can potentially get much worse.

In brief: No
But without appropriate treatment, they can potentially get much worse.
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
No you cannot catch a diabetic foot ulcer.

In brief: No
No you cannot catch a diabetic foot ulcer.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Diabetic foot ulcer are not contagious.
Infection from the wound however may be contageous if one is directly exposed to the wound and does not have good hand washing habits.

In brief: No
Diabetic foot ulcer are not contagious.
Infection from the wound however may be contageous if one is directly exposed to the wound and does not have good hand washing habits.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
In brief: Diabetic ulcers
Diabetic ulcers are not contagious.
You must have diabetes in order to get a diabetic foot ulceration.

In brief: Diabetic ulcers
Diabetic ulcers are not contagious.
You must have diabetes in order to get a diabetic foot ulceration.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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