The research suggests that only a fraction of the percentage of people who experience foot problems require amputation.
Between 0.03 percent and 1.5 percent of patients with diabetic foot require an amputation.
“Most amputations start with ulcers and can be prevented with good foot care and screening to assess the risk for foot complications,” the BMJ research suggests.
How to prevent foot problems
According to the BMJ, diabetic foot can be prevented with good glycaemic control, regular foot assessment, appropriate footwear, patient education, and early referral for pre-ulcerative lesions.
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