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About a quarter of all people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lives. The cuts often start out small, but can quickly turn into an infection.

Diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of foot amputations.

Risk factors for foot ulcers include:

Properly fitting shoes are the number one way to prevent foot ulcers:

  • Avoid flip flops, high heels, stiff dress shoes, and open-toed shoes
  • Choose shoes that have plenty of toe room, a smooth inner lining, and a sole thick enough to prevent a puncture wound if you step on a tack or nail, for instance
  • Always wear socks to prevent cuts

Take a moment each day to look at your feet. If you aren’t able to see your feet, ask a family member or caretaker to check them for you. If you notice a callous, blister, drainage on your sock, or an area of redness, contact your health care provider.


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