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Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management

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Last updated:26th Aug 2015

This guideline covers preventing and managing foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. The guideline aims to reduce variation in practice.

The risk of foot problems in people with diabetes is increased, largely because of either diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage or degeneration) or peripheral arterial disease (poor blood supply due to diseased large- and medium-sized blood vessels in the legs), or both. Peripheral arterial disease affects 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50, and can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In October 2019, we reviewed the evidence for antimicrobial prescribing for diabetic foot infections and updated the recommendations.

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