Diabetic Foot Check

Diabetes and foot problems

The facts

  • Two main conditions, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and peripheral neuropathy, are responsible for the increased risk of foot problems in people with diabetes.

  • People with diabetes have an increased risk of ulcers and damage to the feet.

  • A number of different kinds of foot problems can occur in people with diabetes. These include bunionscorns, calluses, hammertoes, fungal infections, dryness of the skin, and ingrown toenails.

  • Treatment depends on the exact type of foot problem. Surgery may be required for some cases.

  • Gangrene (dry gangrene) is tissue death due to absence of blood circulation. It can be life-threatening if bacterial infection develops (wet gangrene).

  • Many diabetes-related foot problems can be prevented by good control of blood sugar levels combined with appropriate care of the feet.


What to expect at your annual foot check

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One in four patients with diabetes have not had their feet checked in the previous year, despite annual foot checks being recommended as part of routine care to prevent complications, a new UK online survey shows.

Diabetes UK surveyed people with diabetes who were in contact with the charity between 8 September and 8 November 2011, asking them about 15 healthcare checks and specialist services that it considers essential to good care. Two thirds of the 7184 respondents had type 2 diabetes and one third had type 1 diabetes. The results showed that 25.4% of …