One of the scariest things a diabetic can face aside from their blood sugar levels getting out of control is when diabetic foot ulcers crop up. Many long term diabetics have slowly developed neuropathy in the feet and lower limbs as a result of living with diabetes. Basically chronically elevated levels of blood sugar can slowly damage nerve endings and neuropathy is the output. At the same time the damage can also result in peripheral artery disease in which the small arteries and capillaries near the feet start shrinking and closing up.
When neuropathy makes blisters, cuts, and other wounds happen and circulation in the feet makes healing these wounds problematic, foot ulcers which do not easily heal can form. Ideally you want to take steps to get back into a normal blood sugar range but int he mean time you have to deal with your feet while glucose levels remain high.
How To Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers
You have to wear these shoes all the time because they help with protecting your foot but also because they help with the circulation in your feet. Diabetic shoes are not binding and they leave plenty of room in your feet so that your blood can circulate freely.
Lastly the best way to prevent these foot ulcers from forming is to do everything you can to promote healthy circulation of the feet. You need to wear good diabetic athletic shoes and go exercising frequently. Try diabetic foot massage to see if you can help stimulate better blood flow, and very importantly stay away from elastic band socks which can restrict blood flow to the feet. Raise your feet periodically to help the blood to flow. Each of these steps is a small drop in the bucket but by doing them all and emphasizing exercise you can slowly improve circulation and help prevent diabetic foot ulcers from forming.