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Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The diabetic foot may result in: 

  • Dryness and cracking
  • Loss of feeling in the foot
  • Pulling up of the toes
  • Turning inward of the foot
  • Flattening of the arch

Causes of diabetic foot ulcers:

  • History of diabetes 
  • Poorly controlled blood sugar
  • Poor circulation in legs and feet
  • Loss of feeling in the feet

Touro’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Center offers:

  • Trained healthcare professionals to care for your wound
  • Complete wound evaluation
  • Diagnostic testing
  • A treatment plan made for you
  • Education on the treatment of the wound
  • Education to prevent new wounds

How can you help?

  • Follow weight bearing instructions.
  • Regularly monitor your blood sugar.
  • Maintain your blood sugar in a normal range.
  • Follow your diabetic diet.
  • Take medication as ordered.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Inspect your feet daily.

When can you walk on your foot?

After your wound heals, your doctor will tell you when you can walk. You will need to obtain special shoes
or inserts for your shoes before you start walking. This will prevent pressure areas on your feet.


  • Poorly controlled blood sugar will delay healing.
  • Inspect your feet daily with a mirror.
  • Neglecting small wounds can lead to serious complications which may results in the loss of a limb.
  • Use moisturizer on your feet to help reduce dryness and cracking, but do not use on the ulcer site or between the toes.
  • Wear special shoes or inserts.
  • Keep shoes next to your bed so you don’t walk barefoot.
  • Protect your feet from hot sidewalks or cold environments.
  • Do not put anything into an open wound that is not prescribed by your physician.
  • Unfortunately, 6 out of 10 people with a diabetic foot ulcer will get another ulcer.
  • You can lessen your chance of developing a new wound if you:
  • Inspect your feet daily for signs of redness, blisters, or sores.
  • Wear prescribed footwear when walking.
  • Wear clean absorbent socks with your shoes.
  • Never trim corns and calluses at home.
  • Seek professional assistance with foot and nail care.
  • Never go barefoot.
  • Never soak your feet.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.

>> Click here for the Diabetic Foot Ulcers brochure.

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