Anne Rasmussen from the Steno Diabetes Center in Denmark reported incidence of diabetic foot ulcers has significantly decreased over the last 10 years in patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These findings were reported at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes 48th Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany.
The reported decrease is very significant. The incidence of the first reported diabetic foot ulcer significantly decreased, from 2.0 to 1.5 foot ulcers per 100 patient years between 2001 and 2011. The effect was most pronounced in those with Type 2 diabetes, among whom the foot ulcer incidence decreased by 3.5 to 2.0 per 100 patient years.
The improvement is attributed to the structured followup for diabetic foot assessment and care, as well as routine follow up to check for risk factors for developing foot ulcers. This includes an evaluation of the vibratory sensation, a key indicator for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. There also is a stress on educating patients about their diabetes diagnosis and how complications can be prevented.
If you are diabetic, it is vital to establish a relationship with a podiatrist to reduce the chances of developing complications such as a diabetic foot ulcer. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation to determine what you can do to keep your feet for a lifetime!