Many people wonder, “Why do diabetics get ulcers?” Ulcers develop because diabetes impairs your immune system and your nerves. Small injuries may go unnoticed because you can’t feel them. Your weakened immune response is unable to repair the damage, especially if you continue walking and compounding the injury. Decreased blood flow from narrowed or damaged arteries means your feet don’t receive the vital nutrients and healing factors they need to recover. The problem worsens and your soft tissues begin to break down, resulting in an ulcer.
Wounds like this need to be addressed right away to prevent dangerous infections that could cost you your foot. Preventing the issue in the first place, however, is much better for your body, which is why good diabetic foot care is necessary. If you’re concerned about a sore on your feet or you haven’t had a diabetic foot check in some time, don’t wait—contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic here in Pleasanton, TX, by calling (830) 569-3338. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more helpful information.