What Are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), commonly known as foot wounds, can develop on the feet of people with diabetes. They are often difficult to heal and may become chronic in nature.

A DFU can be found anywhere on the foot, but will often form on the bottom of toes, the heel, or the ball of the foot.3,4 There are several reasons that wounds may not heal, but one major reason may be that over time high blood sugar levels can injure your blood vessels, which may result in decreased blood flow to the wound.5

DFUs are one of the most common complications in people with diabetes.6

Among people with diabetes, up to 25% experience a DFU in their lifetime7 and approximately 3.4% will experience a DFU each year.8,9

Further Information

Download the Understanding Diabetic Foot Ulcers brochure for more information on:

What Causes a DFU?
Complications of DFUs
Am I at Risk for DFUs?
DFU Prevention
For a printable version (PDF) of this brochure, click here

Diabetes and Your Feet

If you have diabetes, foot care is very important. That’s because diabetes can cause changes in your body that make you much more likely to develop foot ulcers and other conditions.

By taking care of your feet every day, you may be able to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.

You can start by:

  • Controlling your blood sugar levels
  • Getting your feet checked regularly both at home and by your healthcare provider
  • Notifying your healthcare provider right away if you have a sore on your foot
  • Attending all of your appointments with your healthcare providers

Diabetic foot ulcers may be easier to treat if they are caught early. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to keep your feet healthy.

Click here to learn more about Dermagraft, a possible treatment option for diabetic foot ulcers.