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Wrong shoes put diabetics at risk

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PATIENTS with diabetes who wear the wrong-sized shoes are at risk of serious foot problems, which could lead to amputation, a Scottish study reveals.

PATIENTS with diabetes who wear the wrong-sized shoes are at risk of serious foot problems, which could lead to amputation, a Scottish study reveals.

Researchers from the University of Dundee examined the feet of 100 patients with diabetes aged 24–89. They found 63% were wearing the wrong-sized shoes, with nearly one-third admitting to this.

Almost half had foot problems including ulcers and swelling.

Andrea Parnes, a podiatry specialist at the University of Ulster, added: ‘Ulceration can have serious implications, including impaired quality of life, increased amputation risk and even elevated death rates.’

International Journal of Clinical Practice (2007) 61: 1900–1904

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