Diabetic foot disease

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

Those with diabetes are at risk of infection of wounds of the feet and legs, as well as delayed wound healing and development of ulcers, due to peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. This can potentially lead to gangrene and lower extremity amputation.

Patients are often unaware of damage occurring from injuries or pressure from shoes due to impaired or complete loss of sensation.

For this reason, regular foot checks by a health professional and good daily foot care are an important part of the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease.

Learning objectives:

  • Know when and how a diabetic foot check is performed.
  • Know how to recognise the signs of an ischaemic foot.
  • Know how to recognise and manage diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Know how to recognise and manage cellulitis in a diabetic foot.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This content was created by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP for the Goodfellow Unit (2019) and updated by Katie McCullough, Nurse Practitioner, MNSc (2022).

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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