Individuals with ulceration of the foot should be identified and referred urgently to a specialist. Unfortunately there is little formal health care education in diabetic foot ulceration and often no specialist referral pathway. We discuss the common modes of presentation of patients with diabetes and foot ulcer. The clinical implications of a range of symptoms and signs will be explained, including the most common diagnostic pitfalls in everyday primary care practice.
Key words: diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, ulcer, vascular surgery, peripheral arterial disease, diabetic foot.