Poor blood circulation to the extremities in combination with reduced sensation due to the peripheral nerve dysfunction makes diabetics prone to developing the diabetic foot. Symptoms range from mild ones such as dermatitis, to more serious cases of osteomyelitis. Skin ulcers are difficult to heal, so the best thing to do is to prevent them on time, i.e. to provide good foot care and maintain healthy feet.
Regular hygiene and foot care, tidy nails, using of silicon toe separators and pads when necessary, and antibacterial socks will protect your skin from damage and inflammation processes. Diabetics have to take special care of their footwear – it should be made of natural materials and sufficiently wide, not to disturb normal blood circulation.