A footcare pathway for people with diabetes
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of having foot problems, mostly due to diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease. Mortality rates after diabetic foot ulceration and amputation are high, up to 70% of people die within 5 years of having an amputation, and around 50% of people die within 5 years of developing a foot ulcer. Evidence shows that the provision of an integrated footcare pathway, with trained staff in foot protection services in the community, and speedy access to multidisciplinary specialist teams, considerably lowers the risk of amputation.
This updated Guidelines summary incorporates additional information to the footcare pathway, and continues to include recommendations on management and patient education.