Diabetic foot ulcers: New guidelines ‘empower’ GPs to manage high-risk patients

The 98 recommendations complement existing diabetes guidance, says Associate Professor Gary Kilov.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Associate Professor Gary Kilov.

Patients at moderate to high risk of diabetic foot ulcers require medical-grade footwear and should self-monitor foot skin temperatures daily for early signs of ulceration, updated guidelines suggest.

Doctors are also advised to diagnose foot infections based on the presence of at least two symptoms of local inflammation, including swelling/induration, erythema, tenderness/pain, warmth, or purulent discharge.