What Causes Diabetes-related Foot Problems?

Written by Amy Hess Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE , Nicole Joseph
Reviewed by Lisa Brown, RD, LD, CDE

Foot care is an important, but often overlooked, part of the overall healthcare regimen for people living with diabetes. This is because diabetic foot problems—which can include everything from ulcers and infections, to foot deformities and circulation problems—can be caused by a number of internal and external factors that can be prevented or delayed if diabetes control is a priority.

While the following list of causes may seem daunting, there is some good news: many of the factors that lead to foot problems in people with diabetes can be avoided or delayed by properly managing your blood glucose levels and making some small lifestyle changes.

Internal Factors that Can Lead to Foot Problems

External Factors that Can Lead to Foot Problems

How to Prevent Foot Problems

As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to your risk of developing diabetes-related foot problems. However, by taking good care of your feet and working to stay on top of your blood glucose levels, you can help protect your feet—and bolster your health overall, too.

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