Portsmouth diabetic workshop puts patient feet first

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GOOD foot care can lead to a reduction in the number of diabetes-related amputations, say a national charity.

Diabetes UK has launched a national campaign called Putting Feet First.

It is encouraging people with the condition to take care of their feet, which would reduce the number of amputations. Portsmouth has a higher rate of amputations – 1.94 amputations are carried out in every 1,000, compared to 0.99, nationally.

A workshop is being held on Wednesday, April 18, to focus on prevention.

It takes place at the Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, at 1pm.

Pre-booking is advised as there are limited spaces.

To find out more call 01372 720148, email south.east@diabetes.org.uk or visit diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first.

Diabetes can lead to poor circulation and reduced feeling in the feet.

This means feet-related problems can go unnoticed until it’s too late for treatment and an amputation is the only solution.