Improving your patients’ health literacy is at the forefront of preventing foot complications caused by their diabetes.
Patients generally do not understand or acknowledge their at-risk foot conditions. This results in a patient’s failure to utilize appropriately sized footwear and insole solutions, moisturizers and daily monitoring for potential life-threatening wounds.
Foot ulcers rank as one of the most common complications of diabetes leading to hospitalization, with nearly 60% of all non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations performed on persons with diabetes. This has placed a preventable – and therefore unnecessary – heavy demand on our healthcare system, which, incidentally, tops the financial strains of the costliest cancers.
If patients are correctly identified, properly stratified, consistently connected with and constantly monitored, lower extremity wounds and amputations can be reduced by 50%.1,2
1. Lavery LA, Wunderlich RP, Tredwell JL. Disease management for the diabetic foot. Effectiveness of a diabetic foot prevention program to reduce amputation and hospitalizations Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2005;70:31-7.
2. Rogers LC and Bevilacqua NJ. Organized Program to Prevent Lower-Extremity Amputations Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 2010;100:101-104.