Diabetes-related foot disease

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Diabetes-related foot disease

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Launch: 16 September 2024


Approximately 18.6 million people worldwide are affected by a diabetic foot ulcer each year [Armstrong, 2023]. Neurological, vascular and biomechanical factors contribute to diabetic foot ulceration [Armstrong, 2023]. Best results are achieved with multidisciplinary care, typically consisting of podiatrists, infectious disease specialists and vascular surgeons [Armstrong, 2023].

Data from the United States suggest that amputation rates among those with both diabetes mellitus and peripheral artery disease (PAD) have remained stable or even increased in high-risk subgroups (residents of rural areas, African-American and Native American patients, those of low socioeconomic status) [Schaper, 2023; Armstrong, 2023]. Thus, the burden of amputation is severe, with 5-year mortality rates exceeding those of many malignancies. There are also financial costs to the person involved and considerable burden for those caring for patients with PAD and diabetes mellitus, including family, healthcare professionals and facilities, and society in general [Barnes, 2020].

The high-risk subgroups identified by Barnes et al highlight the societal groups who are least likely to receive or engage with preventive and interventional cardiovascular care, and represent an educational need for healthcare professionals. Additional studies have shown that there are variations in the degree of foot-care knowledge and foot-care practices and no studies on the prevalence of knowledge and practice regarding specific exercises for the legs and feet [Manickum, 2021].

Structured, organized, repeated education for patients, their family, and healthcare professionals about foot care plays an important role in preventing diabetes-related foot ulcers [Schaper, 2023] as well as a number of further factors related to life-style and poor self-care [Jalilian, 2020].

This podcast will not only cover the prevalence, patients at high-risk and the educational complexities associated with diabetes-related foot disease, it will also cover the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers [Bolton, 2022] including the effect of metformin [Love, 2022].

Learning Objectives

After listening to this podcast, participants will be able to:

Target Audience

Clinicians involved in endocrinology, particularly diabetes, pre-diabetes; fertility and pregnancy management, obesity management and general practice; some content of interest to midwives and nurses involved in pre-natal and post-natal care; some content of interest to vascular specialists and podiatrists.


English with voice-over into Spanish and Chinese

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