How can diabetics prevent foot ulcers?
It is critical to find wounds before they become infected and difficult to treat. Diabetic patients should check their feet every day for any sign of developing wounds such as cuts or blisters particularly if they have lost sensation. If the patient is unable to inspect their own feet they should have someone inspect their feet for them daily.
At the earliest sign of any developing wound, the diabetic patient should seek immediate treatment.
It is also important for those at risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers to wear properly fitting shoes to avoid blisters and callouses from ill-fitting footwear. We often recommend special diabetic footwear as well as periodic visits to a podiatrist who will carefully examine the feet and treat callouses or other problems.