If you do develop a diabetic foot ulcer take it seriously and get help immediately. Expect an extensive array of different investigations and visits from a wide range of specialists who will all need to contribute to your recovery.

The main take home message here is that we are dealing with a serious complicated condition which can very often and quite quickly realise its potential to deteriorate in front of our eyes. The healing rates, even for what may appear to be a relatively benign looking diabetic foot ulcer can be alarmingly poor. On the other hand, the surgical amputation rates whether this is a toe, part of the foot or the whole leg remains unacceptably high despite a high level of diabetes care being offered.

There is no way that a Diabetes Specialist working alone will consider themselves able to satisfactorily manage a diabetic foot ulcer without the help of other experts and specialists.