Diabetes may result in a variety of complications. These complications involve most of the body systems and major organs and are more common with inadequate control of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipids. Chronic high blood glucose levels affect the eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. In the foot specifically, nerve damage can result in neuropathy, and damage to the blood vessels which can result in peripheral arterial disease. These two conditions can increase the chance of diabetic foot wounds and infections.

Symptoms of neuropathy

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning

Symptoms of peripheral arterial disease

  • Pain in the calf and/or thigh after periods of activity
  • Pain in the calf and/or thigh at night
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Loss of hair growth


Diabetic foot ulcers/wounds require a multi-disciplinary team approach involving many specialists in order to address the complex nature of this disease and prevent future problems. The Diabetic Foot & Limb Preservation Centre in Calgary, Alberta is a multi-disciplinary centre which provides diabetic patients with comprehensive care. Learn more about the centre and its approach to care here.

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