Diabetes-related amputations on the increase in MK

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Foot amputations are on the rise in Milton Keynes as more and more people are suffering from diabetes.

The number of local people with a diabetes related amputation has increased to 3.1 per 1,000 compared to the England average of 2.6.

Now Diabetes UK is organising a Putting Feet first campaign to raise awareness on how the condition can cause serious problems.

Together with podiatrists from the Milton Keynes community health Service, the charity has arranged a free educational workshop on Monday October 19.

It will focus on preventing foot problems for people with diabetes, and will offer practical advice and information about the importance of having an annual foot check and healthcare checks.

A local podiatry patient will also give a personal account of the impact that developing a diabetes-related foot complaint has had on their life.

Jill Steaton, South East Regional Manager of Diabetes UK and an advisor at the event, said: “A single preventable amputation is one too many. This workshop not only gives people with diabetes the necessary practical advice and information about how to look after their feet, but will also help them understand what healthcare they should be getting.”

The free workshop, which includes a buffet lunch, will take place from 11am to 3.30pm at The Milton Keynes Conference Centre.

Booking is essential as space is limited. For a place and further information, call 01372 720 148 or email south.east@diabetes.org.uk

You can find out more about the campaign at www.diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first.