A GP guide to managing diabetes-related foot ulceration

Here’s what you need to know about halting the likelihood of amputation

Diabetes-related foot ulceration is a complication associated with significant mortality and morbidity for people with diabetes.

Diabetic foot

In 2017, approximately 1.2 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in Australia and it is estimated that between 15% and 25% of all people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in their lifetime.1-3

Worryingly, Indigenous Australians experience substantially more diabetes-related foot complications, with a mean age of onset 14 years younger than non-Indigenous Australians.