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Foot care education in patients with diabetes at low risk of complications: a consensus statement
Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2011 Diabetes UK
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 162–167, February 2011
How to Cite
McInnes, A., Jeffcoate, W., Vileikyte, L., Game, F., Lucas, K., Higson, N., Stuart, L., Church, A., Scanlan, J. and Anders, J. (2011), Foot care education in patients with diabetes at low risk of complications: a consensus statement. Diabetic Medicine, 28: 162–167. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03206.x
- Issue online: 11 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 11 JAN 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 3 DEC 2010 08:59AM EST
- Accepted 29 November 2010
- foot self-care;
- peripheral vascular disease
Diabet. Med. 28, 162–167 (2011)
Aims To define and agree a practical educational framework for delivery by all healthcare professionals managing patients with diabetes, particularly those at low risk of developing foot complications.
Methods A consensus meeting of a multidisciplinary expert panel. Prior to the meeting, relevant clinical papers were disseminated to the panel for review. The consensus was largely based upon the experts’ clinical experience and judgement.
Results Four main health behaviours were identified for those at low risk of developing foot complications, namely:, control of blood glucose levels; attendance at annual foot screening examination; reporting of any changes in foot health immediately; and the engagement in a simple daily foot care routine.
Conclusion There is currently little evidence-based literature to support specific foot care practices. Patients with diabetes at low risk of developing complications should be encouraged to undertake a basic foot care regimen to reduce their likelihood of developing complications.