Diabetes UK has published a new information booklet for people with diabetes who are assessed to have increased risk at their annual foot review. Around a third of people with diabetes are at moderate or high risk.
A card on the back of the foot attack booklet indicates the key local contact details to be provided for community podiatry/foot protection team and the multidisciplinary footcare team.
The booklet informs people at risk of active foot disease:
- Why they are at increased risk
- How to look after their feet, what to look out for and what foot care they should receive
- Where to seek help if they have a problem and what they should expect.
A problem identified by many healthcare professionals specialising in diabetes foot care is that people with diabetes who have acute foot problems – a "foot attack" – often do not get assessed and treated quickly enough by a member of the multidisciplinary foot care team, as recommended.
We hope that this booklet will support conversations between people with diabetes and the person carrying out the annual foot review. We also hope that it will prompt appropriate referral by GPs to community podiatry teams and that it will encourage people with diabetes to seek help urgently when they have a foot attack.
How is it being distributed?
Copies of How to Spot a Foot Attack are being sent to all general practices in England and Northern Ireland in spring 2014, along with details of how to order more copies. Copies, which are free, are available from theDiabetes UK online shop.
You can help spread the word about this new booklet as we want to make sure that GP surgeries and others are giving it out and filling in the local information about foot care services. See thecampaigns actionsection to find out more.