02 Jun Increased Demand for Foot Care
There is an increased demand for foot care, with the NHS providing only 5% of all foot care treatments and diabetes on the rise, there is an urgent requirement for essential foot care.
The foot care that we provide is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Fewer people are applying to universities to become Podiatrists and therefore there is a huge opportunity for people who would like to work in foot health and create a rewarding career.
‘3.7m people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes, this is predicted to rise to over 5 million by 2025. Based on this figure 1.2 million (24%)1 of these people will require regular podiatry appointments to ensure they remain ulcer and amputation free. The NHS currently spends £1 billion per year on diabetic foot complications 2. Approximately 6,000 people with diabetes have leg, foot or toe amputation each year, with the correct and timely care 80% of these amputations could be prevented.’
Source: College of Podiatry, https://cop.org.uk/
 P Leese, Graham & Stang, Duncan. (2015). When and how to audit a diabetic foot service. Diabetes/metabolism research and reviews. 32. 10.1002/dmrr.2749.
 Kerr, M., Rayman, G., Jeffcoate, WJ (2014) ‘Cost of diabetic foot disease to the National Health Service in England’. Diabetes Medicine; 31: 1498–1504
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