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?

Vascular

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

Neuropathy

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.

Dermatological

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.

Footwear/external pressures
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