Foot problems are one of the common complications of diabetes and are caused by nerve damage (neuropathy) or damage to blood vessels in the feet and legs.
- Around 10% of people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some time in their lives – this is around 400,000 people.
- 130 amputations take place each week in the UK, 80% of which are preceded by a diabetic foot ulcer. It is estimated that 80% of these
amputations are preventable.
- Minor amputations, such as toes, are increasing. (National Audit Office report, 2015)
Many people with diabetes are not receiving the necessary and recommended treatment and care of their feet as shown by various statistics. Download the new IDDT booklet ‘Looking after Your Feet’ to find out how to maintain healthy feet.