Diabetic foot care

  • T C Bodibe Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • N M Masemola Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • J C Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: type 2 diabetes, foot care, ulceration, risk assessment, prevention strategies, pharmacist

Abstract

People with diabetes are more prone to vascular and neurological impairment, especially when glycaemic levels are uncontrolled. Diabetic foot problems are a common complication of type 2 diabetes mellitus, mainly caused by peripheral neuropathy, and could lead to ulceration and amputation. The frequency of foot examinations and the appropriate level of care are determined by the patient’s risk profile. Regular diabetic foot assessment and good foot care practices are essential measures to prevent complications and to ensure optimal patient outcomes

Author Biographies

T C Bodibe, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Division of Public Health Pharmacy and Management, School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

N M Masemola, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Division of Public Health Pharmacy and Management, School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

J C Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Division of Public Health Pharmacy and Management, School of Pharmacy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Published
2019-12-10
Section
Reviews