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Filler Christmas 2013

Slipper ulcers

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7376
  1. Helen Hopkinson1,
  2. Katherine Gardner2,
  3. Gillian Harkin3
  1. 1Diabetes Department, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow G42 9LF, UK
  2. 2Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  3. 3Podiatry Department, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, UK

A patient with diabetes developed a foot ulcer after wearing new slippers. Fourteen patients with new ulcers were seen in the diabetic foot clinic in the first 10 working days of 2012. Seven of them stated that new slippers for Christmas were implicated in their ulceration. Appropriate footwear is a critical component of diabetic foot care. Patients are educated about the need for adapted shoes and insoles, but also need to be aware of the risk of using non-prescribed footwear, including slippers.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f7376


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