Foot problems are very common in people with diabetes and come with huge morbidity. The following are some surprising statistics:
- 10% of people with diabetes will get a foot ulcer at some point in their lives.
- 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50 have peripheral arterial disease.
- 50% of those with an ulcer will die within 5 yrs
- 70% will die within 5 yrs of an amputation.
Risk Assessment of patients
The following are risk factors for diabetic foot problems:
- Limb ischaemia
- Infection and/or inflammation.
- Charcot arthropathy (beware redness, warmth, swelling or deformity – though deformity and pain may not be present)