After your healthcare professional has examined and assessed your feet, they can decide how likely you are to develop a diabetic foot ulcer.
Risk factors for developing a diabetic foot ulcer include:
- Loss of sensation
- Foot deformity
- Dry or damaged skin
- Poor blood supply
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- Callus which is a thickened area of skin
- Previous ulceration or amputation
- Being unable to look after your feet
Depending on how many risk factors you have, you will be placed into one of four risk categories: low risk, moderate risk, high risk and active diabetic foot.