Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Health problems affecting the legs and feet can be painful and debilitating for anyone. But for people with diabetes, they can be downright deadly. Diabetic individuals are extremely vulnerable to infection in the extremities as well as the development of foot ulcers. Making matters worse, diabetes can diminish the ability to feel pain or discomfort in the feet that would otherwise alert the person to the possibility of a problem. While diabetic foot ulcers are treatable, they can become much more painful and severe if not addressed quickly.

That’s why it is so critical to identify and treat diabetic foot ulcers as early as possible. People with diabetes need to stay vigilant and take proactive steps to ensure that their feet remain trouble-free. Fortunately, those steps are relatively simple.

What Are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds that typically appear on the sole of the foot. Several factors can contribute to the development of foot ulcers, including poor circulation, irritation, deformities, trauma, pressure or friction, and long-term diabetic conditions. Swelling, redness, and drainage are frequent and visible foot ulcer symptoms.

Approximately 15 percent of people with diabetes have foot ulcers. About six percent of people who develop a foot ulcer are admitted to the hospital because of infection or other ulcer-related complications.

Preventative Care for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The key to diabetic foot ulcer prevention is understanding the risk. Knowing that you are particularly vulnerable to the issue should motivate you to be vigilant and take other preventative steps to reduce the likelihood of developing an ulcer.

Here are four simple ways to keep foot ulcers from becoming a severe problem:

  • Inspect your feet each day and look for any cracks, cuts, or blisters.
  • Wash your feet with mild soap and lukewarm water every day, paying close attention to the areas between your toes. Dry your feet thoroughly and use talcum powder to keep them dry.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Wear shoes that do not cause irritation or friction and wear socks at all times.

Importantly, people with diabetes should have a podiatrist examine their feet at least once a year to check for:

  • A history of prior foot ulceration or amputation
  • A history of poor visual acuity
  • Neuropathy and palpation of pedal pulses
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Foot and toe deformities

Of course, regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is also an essential component of managing diabetes and minimizing the risk of complications, including those that can affect your feet.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes control their condition and their lives without the need for inconvenient and burdensome finger-pricking multiple times a day.

Ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


If you are not insured, or have a high deductible health insurance plan, you can still purchase the Freestyle Libre Reader and Sensors at extremely competitive prices. Prices starting as low as $99 per month

*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.freestylelibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18

*The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations

‡‡‡Based on the sensor being replaced once every 14 days, and scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§§Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading