Not every person with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer. However, every diabetic is at risk to develop a wound. Diabetes can cause diminished circulation, known at peripheral arterial disease, and reduced nerve function, known as peripheral neuropathy, and a diminished capacity to heal. This can allow a simple callus to break down and form a diabetic foot ulcer.

A diabetic foot ulcer often goes undetected until it becomes infected. This is because there is little or no pain associated with them due to peripheral neuropathy. It is vital to detect foot wounds early. This is done with daily inspection of the feet. Look at them and see if any callus buildup or skin breakdown is apparent. If so, it is crucial to visit your Houston podiatrist immediately.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.