Up to 80 per cent of diabetes-related amputations in England each year are preventable.
Diabetes UK is campaigning to Put Feet First. Worldwide, diabetes-related complications result in the amputation of a lower limb every 30 seconds. It’s estimated that people living with diabetes are 30 times more likely to have an amputation compared to the general population.
We want to bring an end to the thousands of potentially preventable amputations affecting people with diabetes.
We’ve identified some key areas that we believe will help dramatically reduce the number of people with diabetes suffering amputations. We're campaigning across the UK to make sure:
- People with diabetes know how to look after their feet and know what to expect from their health service
- Local health services provide an integrated footcare pathway – the right treatment at the right time in the right place
- Healthcare professsionals are more aware of the risk of diabetic foot disease and provide annual checks
- A national diabetes implementation plan is put in place, with all aspects of care monitored.
Read more about what we are calling for.
What you can do to Put Feet First
We need you to help us. Find out how you can be part of the solution:
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