Knowledge, Practice and Barriers of Foot Self-Care among Diabetic Patients

Document Type : Original Article


1 Family medicine

2 Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University

3 Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University

4 Public Health and Community Medicine department


Diabetic foot problems are one of the most common chronic complications of diabetes that has a tremendous economic and social impact on individuals, families and on health system as a whole in developing and developed countries. Diabetic foot problems can be prevented through well-coordinated foot care services. Patient education is an important and essential element of any health program for diabetic foot prevention and control

This study aimed to Study patients 'level of knowledge, practice and obstacles of foot self-care in diabetic patients at Sohag University Hospital.Methods: The study included 200 diabetic patients aged 30-70 years old, attending the endocrine outpatient clinic at Sohag University Hospital.

Results: a total of 200 people participated in present study among which data of 200 participants (Male: n = 108, 54%; females: n = 92, 46%) with mean age ±SD 54. ±15 years. ranged from 30 to 70. They were mainly from rural 127 (63.5. %) and to less extent from urban 73 (36.5%), Marital status result showed there were 134(67%) married and 36 (18%) single ones. Education level result showed that majority of respondents were of middle and primary education while 40(20.0%) were high educated and 45(22.5%) were primary and 63(31.5%) were illiterate. The occupation result showed that majority 88(44 %) were having no job followed by 49(24.5%) were having private job, only16 (8%) patients were having Government job, and 47(23.5%) were self-employers. The monthly income result showed that majority of respondents had monthly income less than 5,000 pound that’s not sufficient.


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