A quarter of people with diabetes in the UK could be at risk of amputation due to a lack of proper health checks on their feet.
Diabetes UK research has shown that one in four of people with diabetes could be at risk of amputation due to not having had a foot check carried out over the course of the last year.
It is recommended that people with diabetes should have a check on both their feet and legs as part of an annual healthcare review, especially as those with diabetes have up to a 15 times higher risk of a major amputation than those that do not have the condition.
A survey by Diabetes UK was based on information from more than 7,000 people with diabetes in the UK. Another recent study by the National Diabetes Audit found that a sixth of people with diabetes had not received a foot check within the previous year.
Source: Podiatry Now