How your risk level is assessed:

At your annual diabetes foot check, your healthcare team will assess your risk of developing a foot problem

Your healthcare team will be looking for certain risk factors that can increase you likelihood of wounds that won’t heal:

  • Previous foot ulcer or lower-leg amputation caused by diabetes
  • Losing feeling (numbness) in your feet
  • Circulation in your feet is reduced
  • Chronic kidney disease (on medication or dialysis)

Generally, your risk is catagorised as Very low risk, Low risk, Moderate risk or High risk.

Very Low Risk

No risk factors for foot disease

Foot check every
12 months

Low Risk

One risk factor (either loss of protective sensation – changes in feeling or blood flow)

Foot check every
6 – 12 months

Moderate Risk

Two risk factors including foot deformity (change in foot shape)

Foot check every
3 – 6 months

High Risk

Two or more risk factors

Foot check every
1 – 3 months

What to expect

Your healthcare team will provide:

  • Your healthcare team will provide information that explains what your level of risk means, what you need to do next and how to look after your feet at home.
  • If your feet are assessed as being at moderate or high risk, you may be referred to a podiatrist or vascular specialist.
  • Depending on your risk level, you may need to have more regular foot checks to help you get on top of any changes to your feet quickly. It is important that you make your appointments and stick to them.
  • It’s important to develop a foot action plan with your healthcare team to help you prevent foot problems from happening. If you don’t get one, ask for it!
  • Ask for your emergency contacts in case you find a foot problem. It’s always good to ask a healthcare professional if you’re worried.

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Are you putting your best foot forward? Check your risk level today.

Foot health check takes approx 2 mins