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Diabetics risk foot amputation through wrong-sized shoes

More than six out of ten people with diabetes risk serious foot problems and even amputation by wearing the wrong-sized shoes, research shows.

University of Dundee experts in Scotland say that diabetic foot can have serious implications for patients and health services, including impaired quality of life, increased amputation risk and increased death rates.

The World Health Organisation has said that 80% of diabetic amputations could be prevented.

A study of 100 patients from a diabetes clinic in Dundee found that 63% of patients were wearing the wrong-sized shoes.

Some 45% of participants had the wrong width fitting and most wore shoes that were too narrow.

Nearly half said they had experienced previous problems with their feet such as ulcers, callouses, bunions, corns or swellin but only 29% said they checked their feet each day.

Podiatry expert Andrea Parnes says that given the scale of the problem, manufactures should work with healthcare professionals to expand their existing shoe ranges.

University of Dundee