Amputation levels could fall with better access to foot services

About a third of the 10,000 annual hospital admissions for diabetes-related foot ulcers result in amputation, representing a 30% rise over the past decade, according to a recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia.

And research being presented to the Australian Diabetes Society-Australian Diabetes Educators Association conference at the Gold Coast this week shows that older males with diabetes formed the largest group of the 186 lower extremity amputations performed at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2006–07.