From Kampala, Uganda:
How does a diabetic foot ulcer develop?
Diabetic foot ulcers develop primarily because of gradual circulation insufficiency to the feet. One common explanation is that over the course of time with POOR glucose control, the tiniest blood vessels, called capillaries, become "leaky" and this can compromise the blood circulation to the nerves of the feet (and elsewhere!). But, if the nerves get damaged due to lack of blood supply, then you lose sensation to the feet. So, if a toe is stubbed or an ankle is scraped, but you don't FEEL the injury, the wound can fester. And with poor circulation, the wound may not heal well. The result? A foot ulcer.
This process can occur at other parts of the body, but we stress the feet because they are often overlooked!
Original posting 16 Mar 2007
Posted to Other
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:12
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.