User’s guide to diabetic foot screening

Diabetic foot ulcers are common and are associated with high mortality and morbidity (Walsh et al, 2016). Lower extremity amputation rates due to diabetic foot ulceration still remain significantly high, with a lower extremity amputation occurring every 20 seconds somewhere in the world. The impact of foot ulceration in terms of healthcare costs and poor quality of life is high. Annual foot screening to identify those at highest risk of ulceration followed by appropriate preventative measures should help to significantly reduce these burdens.