An audit of diabetic patients with foot ulcers has shown that early intervention is crucial for treating the condition. The treatment and outcomes of close to 5,000 patients with diabetic foot ulcers were recently examined. It was found that around half of the patients were ulcer-free within 12 weeks of their first expert foot care assessment. However, when two weeks or more passed between initial presentation and the expert visit, patients were much less likely to be ulcer-free after 12 weeks.
The longer patients waited for treatment, the less successful the outcomes were. When treatment was delayed by two months or longer, only about 34% of patients were ulcer-free at their 12-week assessment, showing that early intervention is crucial.
These findings were published by The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA) in March 2016.