Diabetes: Foot Concerns

Foot Health Resources for People with Diabetes

IPFH is committed to providing information, education and resources for people with diabetes and their caregivers to help ensure proper foot care and management of their diabetes.  Click on the following links for more information:

More about Diabetes and the Feet

According to the American Diabetes Association
• About 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes;
• Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes;
• The estimated total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $176 billion.

IPFH strongly advocates that people with diabetes take extra care to help prevent damage to the feet that can result in ulceration and amputation.  Here’s why:

  • According to the National Institutes of Health, 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy (nerve problems / loss of sensation); 
  • Neuropathy and other circulatory conditions (such as peripheral arterial disease or PAD) that affect the lower limbs put people with diabetes at high risk for ulceration and amputation;
  • According to IPFH's National Foot Health Assessment 2012, the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. adult population is 11%, but that percentage nearly doubles in people age 50 and over (19%);   
  • IPFH's National Foot Health Assessment also reported that fewer than half (46%) of people with diabetes have regular foot screenings with their doctor;   
  • IPFH's National Foot Health Assessment further reported that only 11% of people with diabetes said that they were properly measured and fitted each time they purchase new shoes (poorly fitted shoes contribute to the formation of sores and lesions on the feet that can lead to ulceration and amputation in people with diabetes).