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Risk Groups

After your healthcare professional has examined and assessed your feet, they can decide how likely you are to develop a diabetic foot ulcer.


Risk factors for developing a diabetic foot ulcer include:

  • Loss of sensation 
  • Foot deformity
  • Dry or damaged skin
  • Poor blood supply
  • Poorly controlled diabetes 
  • Corns 
  • Callus which is a thickened area of skin
  • Previous ulceration or amputation
  • Being unable to look after your feet 

Depending on how many risk factors you have, you will be placed into one of four risk categories: low risk, moderate risk, high risk and active diabetic foot.