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Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?

Health-care providers often educate their patients with diabetes about how neuropathy can lead to diabetic ulcers that can in many cases lead to a lower leg amputation.

However, many diabetic patients are unaware of their increased risk for vascular disease.

Vascular disease is an abnormal condition of the blood vessels. Blocked or narrowed blood vessels, including arteries and veins, can lead to vascular disease. Diabetes, even if it is well-managed, is a risk factor for developing vascular disease, such as peripheral arterial disease. 

Take a step in the right direction by having your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist. Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet, based on their education, training, and experience! When you add a podiatrist to your health-care team, he or she can provide you with important information so you're able to better manage the the effects of diabetes on your feet.

Whether you've recently been diagnosed or have been fighting the disease for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.


For Patients:

  • An Overview

What is diabetes? What is peripheral arterial disease? What is peripheral neuropathy? What is a diabetic foot ulcer?

  • Diabetes and Your Feet FAQs

Recently diagnosed with diabetes? Don’t worry—we’ve got answers to several common questions. En Español

  • Your Diabetes Management Team

Successfully managing diabetes takes a team of medical professionals. Learn about the importance of each one. En Español

  • Learn the Signs of Vascular Ulcers

Vascular disease can commonly appear in the form of an ulcer. Learn the different signs and symptoms of each one.  

  • The Link Between Diabetes and Vascular Disease

Today's Podiatrist explains why diabetics should know the signs of vascular disease in these videos

  • The Real Cost of Diabetes

This infographic sheds light on the costs associated with diabetes and diabetic foot complications.

  • Footwear Matters

Dr. Comfort created this infographic to demonstrate the benefits of therapeutic footwear for patients with diabetes. 

  • Foot Health Advice for Patients with Diabetes

Spenco Medical put together this flyer with tips for managing foot health at home.

  • Diabetes Footwear and Products

View our podiatrist-approved products for managing and treating diabetes.

  • Outsmarting Diabetes

Take a look at this suite of videos that highlight how today's podiatrists are developing and using smart medicine to help their patients with diabetes.

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