Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

If you have diabetes - nerve damage, circulation disorder, and infections can lead to serious foot problems. However, you can take precautions to maintain healthy feet by doing regular Foot Screening to avoid having surgery to amputate a toe, foot, or part of a leg.

If you have diabetes - nerve damage, circulation disorder, and infections can lead to serious foot problems. However, you can take precautions to maintain healthy feet by doing regular Foot Screening to avoid having surgery to amputate a toe, foot, or part of a leg.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Approximately 463 million people worldwide live with diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a major public health concern in Malaysia.
  • 1 in 5 adults in Malaysia have diabetes.
  • An estimated 3.9 million (18.3%) of the adult population have raised blood sugar.
  • A large percentage of amputations performed in Malaysia are related to diabetes mellitus.
  • About 50% of people with diabetes die within five years of developing a foot ulcer and almost 70% die within five years after an amputation.
*Data collated from various certified medical journals.

WHY DO YOU NEED FOOT SCREENING?

  • With the presence of diabetes, the feet are vulnerable and susceptible to infection, ulceration, gangrene, and amputation.
  • Even a minor cut or graze to the foot can lead to serious consequences.
  • Routine examination of your foot health is important.
  • Upon diagnosis of diabetes, your feet should be screened and classified into different categories – normal, low risk, moderate risk and high risk.
  • Varying foot care guidelines are needed depending on the health status of your feet.
  • A simple foot screening test and adequate advice can help to prevent many diabetic foot complications.