A survey has revealed that 33% of people in Wales are not aware that foot ulcers are a complication of diabetes, despite them causing as many as 4 in 5 diabetes-related amputations.
The survey, conducted for Diabetes UK by YouGov, found that while 72% of people in Wales knew an amputation is a major complication of diabetes, 33% did not know that people with diabetes are susceptible to foot ulcers.
Put your feet first
Foot problems such as infections or ulcers can deteriorate quickly and with devastating consequences. That’s why we’re #PuttingFeetFirst and encouraging people living with diabetes to check their feet every day to keep an eye out for any problems.
Diabetes UK has created a video to giving four simple steps to checking your feet at home.
People with diabetes should also visit the doctor for an annual foot check every year.
Protect and prevent
Dan Howarth, Head of Care at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes-related amputations devastate lives, but with the right support, four out of five amputations are preventable.
“That’s why it’s essential that people living with diabetes in Wales know how to look after their feet, check them daily and attend their annual foot check. It’s also crucial that they know to seek urgent medical attention if they notice any problems with their feet; a matter of hours can make the difference between losing and keeping a limb.”
For more information on caring for your feet, visit our Putting Feet First campaign page.