19 May 2015
Over a hundred people with diabetes each week have lower limb amputations because foot problems are not detected soon enough or people do not access the right treatment. To help improve the quality of annual foot checks, and ensure that we help tackle this, Diabetes UK have launched- a new resource for patients.
A survey of 6,000 people with diabetes last year about their experience of their annual foot review found that many people were not told about their level of risk of foot problems (35%) or were not given advice about foot care (34%). In addition some did not have their feet checked for corns, calluses and changes in shape (20%). This new leaflet provides aof the steps that a foot check should include, a space to record theand the, as well as a usefulto look out for that may indicate a foot problem.
This resource could be sent out with invitation letters to people with diabetes before their annual foot review.