People with diabetes are prone to ulceration of the feet. This is due to multiple effects that diabetes has on the body:
At least 50% of leg amputations are associated with diabetes, and 85% of leg amputations in diabetics are preceded by a foot ulcer.
Patients with diabetes and ulceration are initially assessed with a history and examination, and may need investigations such as:
Ulceration can be prevented by regular foot care: