The number of patients requiring diabetes-related amputations in England has reached its highest ever level
The number of patients requiring diabetes-related amputations in England has reached its highest ever level, with 20 a day now requiring treatment.
New figures, released by Diabetes UK and based on data from Public Health England, show that the number of amputations arising from diabetes-related complications is now 7,370 a year. The previous figure was 7,042.
Since their release, the figures have prompted new calls for improved foot care and experts have estimated that as many as four out of five amputations could even be avoided.
Of the amputations that do occur, 80 per cent begin as foot ulcers and are largely avoidable if they are detected early enough.
But while the charity has managed to help cause a drop in the nation’s major amputation rate since 2012, it…