Is Diabetic Footcare in the UK Still a ‘Cinderella’ Service?

Editor’s note. While this pertains to Great Britain and Whales, the concerns are universal.

We’ve got the background problem of foot ulcers and diabetes, which is a major problem and one which has been traditionally, perhaps, neglected by people, health care professionals. But we know it obviously causes tremendous suffering to the people who’ve got a foot ulcer, whether or not they go on to amputation, which is always the major threat … But it also is enormously expensive. And people don’t think of diabetic foot ulcers as being a major health care issue. And yet, care of diabetic foot ulcers we know costs at least a billion pounds each year to the NHS. That’s just about 1% of the total NHS budget, so it is an enormous problem, we know that … read more