Diabetes leads to 169 amputations a week. That’s 24 amputations a day and 1 amputation every hour. Having your foot checks and knowing the signs to look out for could prevent this from happening.
What is a diabetic foot check?
Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in our bodies. It can present as:
Cramp in your calves (at rest or when walking) • shiny smooth skin • loss of hair on your legs and feet • cold, pale feet • changes in the skin colour of your feet • wounds or sores that do not heal • pain in your foot or feet • swollen feet
Diabetes can damage the nerves. Nerve damage can present as:
Tingling sensation or pins and needles • pain (burning) • less sweaty feet • changes in the colour of your feet • changes to the shape of your feet • blisters and cuts that you can see but don’t feel • loss of feeling in your feet or legs.
We look at skin integrity, and look for any signs of break down in the skin or any risk which will allow a portal for infection.
Write to your GP with findings
Risk Status and advice
Low – no risk, or a callus without any other problem.
Moderate – one sign of a foot problem, such as a loss of sensation or a change in foot shape.
High – more than one sign of a foot problem, or a previous ulcer or amputation