The NHS reports that people who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than other people without the condition.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation of the lower limbs throughout the world. Charity Diabetes UK notes that problems of the foot are the most frequent reasons for hospitalisation amongst patients who have diabetes.
Many hospital visits due to diabetes-related foot problems are preventable through simple foot care routines.
All people who have diabetes should have foot check-ups as a part of their regular care routine.
What factors lead to amputation?
Several key factors usually predispose ulceration and ultimately amputation. These include:
Other damage to the foot
How are these factors assessed?
Diabetic foot complications are more common amongst the elderly, and amputation rates do increase with age. For people over 75 years old, the risk does increase considerably.
All people who have diabetes should have a basic education in foot care, and beyond this they should have regular foot examinations.
The risk for the development of ulceration can be assessed by basic clinical examination of the foot.
For information on how to care for your feet visit one of the Diabetes charity websites.