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Diabetic foot ulcers are a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes or blocked leg arteries. You are more likely to get ulcers on your feet or legs, but they can also form in other areas.

Most common causes of ulcers are poor circulation, high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) nerve damage or trauma. As a result of diabetes and vascular disease, poor blood circulation makes it difficult for ulcers to heal. High glucose levels can also slow down the healing process while nerve damage makes it harder for you to feel pain or other symptoms of ulcers or infections.

If you do get a skin ulcer or notice a change in your skin, seek expert advice from your General Practitioner as soon as possible. If conventional treatments such as diet, medication and regular dressings don’t help the ulcer heal and the infection spreads, they may refer you to Dr Velu for further investigation or surgical options.