I’ve been working as a renal podiatrist for over 5 years, and one of the reasons I chose to work in this area, alongside renal patients and their families is the opportunity to help reduce the impact of diabetic foot disease in this high risk population.
Due to poor blood flow, lack of sensation and foot deformity diabetic renal patients are at higher risk of lower limb amputation, however a Beyond 20,000 Days collaborative called ‘Feet for Life’is helping to reduce this risk and improve quality of care.
By having a specialist Podiatrist on site, who can identify problems early and educate staff and patients around good foot care, ‘Feet for Life’ aims to decrease amputation rates by 10%.
Although it’s early days the collaborative is making great progress with renal patients now checking their feet more regularly and seeking immediate help when required. Onsite education includes footwear advice, particularly in relation to the wearing of footwear around the home, where more than 80% of foot trauma is caused. By wearing the recommended footwear one patient said “his pain has stopped and he can walk again”.
The ability to reduce the number of appointments these patients have to attend, as part of their ongoing management can only improve consistency of care and quality of life.
To find out more about ‘Feet for Life’ watch this short video