Unfortunately, yes. 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.
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 ulceration.
Yes. By having a "diabetic foot" simply means that you are diabetic and have a foot. A person with diabetes could develop various foot conditions including numbness, foot ulceration, and infection all of which could result in complications. If you are diabetic get yourself educated by a professional so that you know what to do and what not to do in order to prevent potential problems. Read more...