In a recent article of Podiatry Now, October 2017 it is estimated that 4.5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes and around 86,000 people can develop nasty limb threatening ulcers. 90% of lower amputations are preceded with a single ulcer. This is quite scary.
Compleet Feet have many diabetic patients who come for regular podiatry treatment and I am very pleased to say very few rarely go on to develop ulcers. At this point with my own case load I have none! Regular appointments and treatment keep diabetic patient’s feet in good order. As podiatrists we always observe for any ‘at risk’ issues and if we identify a potential issue we will act to ensure that ‘prevention’ is the best course of action to keep feet healthy.We can offer so many treatment options to prevent formation of ulcers. We educate our patients to look after feet and we have an open door policy, that if they are concerned about anything to make contact with us immediately. We would rather ‘squeeze’ into clinic a diabetic patient then have them develop a problem. Prevention is key.
Our local Alton NHS Podiatry service works very hard to make diabetic patients a priority, but the number of diabetic patient needing to access the service is on the increase. Diabetic patients have to be triaged as to their level of risk in developing future problems with many only ever given one appointment.Consequently patients can slip through the net. They are given foot care education and advice, but in reality for one reason or another are unable to comply, therefore put themselves at risk. This of great concern to me as the health of one’s feet is so important for quality of life. Good working feet are essential for mobility and independence. Sadly, feet literally are put at the bottom of the list in terms of importance. A good haircut is often considered more important, except for all our attending diabetics who genuinely do invest in their feet, hence no ulcers.