22 doctors weighed in:
What are the tip-offs that you might have diabetic ulcers?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
10 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetic Ulcers
Lack of feeling in your toes or feet.
Not being aware of the cold. Being unsteady on your feet. Sores or open wounds on your feet. These typically start with areas of redness which are surrounded by thick callous formation. Podiatric management of the callous may help to minimize the exacerbation of the sores.

In brief: Diabetic Ulcers
Lack of feeling in your toes or feet.
Not being aware of the cold. Being unsteady on your feet. Sores or open wounds on your feet. These typically start with areas of redness which are surrounded by thick callous formation. Podiatric management of the callous may help to minimize the exacerbation of the sores.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
Thank
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Broken skin.
A ulcer is a while in the skin on the foot of a diabetic.
See podiatrist for proper treatment and control sugar better with primary physician.

In brief: Broken skin.
A ulcer is a while in the skin on the foot of a diabetic.
See podiatrist for proper treatment and control sugar better with primary physician.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
Thank
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetic ulcer
People with diabetes are prone to development of ulcers because they have altered sensation (so they don't feel an injury), they have disturbed blood supply (impaired oxygen delivery and reduced immune competency); and because their serum has a higher sugar level (glycemia), it is a better medium for bacterial growth.
So, an open sore in a diabetic is a diabetic ulcer until proven otherwise.

In brief: Diabetic ulcer
People with diabetes are prone to development of ulcers because they have altered sensation (so they don't feel an injury), they have disturbed blood supply (impaired oxygen delivery and reduced immune competency); and because their serum has a higher sugar level (glycemia), it is a better medium for bacterial growth.
So, an open sore in a diabetic is a diabetic ulcer until proven otherwise.
Dr. David Wishnew
Dr. David Wishnew
Thank
Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Open sores
True diabetic ulcers occur on the shins, usually.
Often, people refer to neuropathic ulcers as "diabetic ulcers." these occur on the weight-bearing areas of the feet in people with numb feet. They begin as blisters, become calluses and then progress to open sores. While diabetes is the most common cause of foot numbness in the us, it is not the only cause. Ulcers of any kind need prompt attention.

In brief: Open sores
True diabetic ulcers occur on the shins, usually.
Often, people refer to neuropathic ulcers as "diabetic ulcers." these occur on the weight-bearing areas of the feet in people with numb feet. They begin as blisters, become calluses and then progress to open sores. While diabetes is the most common cause of foot numbness in the us, it is not the only cause. Ulcers of any kind need prompt attention.
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
Thank
Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Skin color change
Diabetic ulcers often start out as calluses to the bottom of the foot under pressure points.
The callus builds up enough to start to break down the underlying skin and soft tissue. This leads usually to bleeding under the skin which looks dark red or bluish. You need to see your podiatrist asap if there is any question as to whether you might have a diabetic ulcer.

In brief: Skin color change
Diabetic ulcers often start out as calluses to the bottom of the foot under pressure points.
The callus builds up enough to start to break down the underlying skin and soft tissue. This leads usually to bleeding under the skin which looks dark red or bluish. You need to see your podiatrist asap if there is any question as to whether you might have a diabetic ulcer.
Dr. Mathew John
Dr. Mathew John
Thank
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diabetes
Get checked for diabetes and pad.
Ulcers must be treated.

In brief: Diabetes
Get checked for diabetes and pad.
Ulcers must be treated.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
In brief: Being diabetic
And having an open wound on the bottom f the foot or even callous tissue on the bottom of the foot as an ulcer may be hiding under one of them..
..One who has diabetes should invest in a mirror and check the bottom of their feet daily....

In brief: Being diabetic
And having an open wound on the bottom f the foot or even callous tissue on the bottom of the foot as an ulcer may be hiding under one of them..
..One who has diabetes should invest in a mirror and check the bottom of their feet daily....
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Thank
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
In brief: A wound
If you are a diabetic and have a wound on the end/bottoms of your toes or bottom of your feet then you have a diabetic ulcer. If this is true see a wound care specialist.

In brief: A wound
If you are a diabetic and have a wound on the end/bottoms of your toes or bottom of your feet then you have a diabetic ulcer. If this is true see a wound care specialist.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Thank
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care
In brief: Your feet
Obviously if you are diabetic your are at risk.
Do you have thick recurring calluses? Open sores on feet legs?Numbness or burning pain in feet and ankles? Slow healing of skin injuries of any kind? Are you known to have poor circulation in your feet/legs?

In brief: Your feet
Obviously if you are diabetic your are at risk.
Do you have thick recurring calluses? Open sores on feet legs?Numbness or burning pain in feet and ankles? Slow healing of skin injuries of any kind? Are you known to have poor circulation in your feet/legs?
Dr. David Hardin
Dr. David Hardin
Thank
Read more answers from doctors