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Bid to reduce diabetic problems.

HEALTH professionals in the North East are teaming up to try to improve foot care and reduce the number of amputations across the region.

There are currently an estimated 15,000 people with diabetes in the area who are at high or increased risk of a diabetes-related foot attack, which is an injury to a foot which has reduced feeling or reduced blood circulation.

In the last week 15,000 'How to Spot a Foot Attack' leaflets were distributed to all foot clinics across the North East so everyone at high risk of foot ulcers will have clear information about when to take action to prevent serious foot problems.

Linda Wood, regional Manager for Diabetes UK in the Northern region, said: "Many people with diabetes experience loss of feeling in their foot, so it is crucial that they understand the importance of regularly checking their own feet for changes or getting a carer to do so, as they may be having a foot attack but not be experiencing any pain or discomfort.

"By raising awareness we can try to prevent many hundreds of amputations a year, which would mean huge cost savings for the NHS but more importantly avoid the awful devastation for each person of having an amputation that could have been prevented."

Diabetes UK is working closely with the North East Diabetes Footcare Network, which includes consultants, podiatrists, specialist diabetes nurses and other professionals, who are battling to reduce the high rate of amputations in the region. They meet regularly to share ideas on improving foot care practices.

The leading charity estimates that many of the 6,000 diabetesrelated amputations a year in the UK are a result of poor services and a lack of awareness.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2014
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