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Podiatry Department

Cork University Hospital

Phone +353 (0)21 4922658  Fax +353 (0)21 4920327


Podiatry focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle.

The Diabetes Podiatry service at CUH is a specialist tertiary referral centre provided to people suffering from diabetes-related foot complications. Diabetes can affect the lower limb in a number of ways, such as peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and peripheral vascular disease (including narrowing or blockage of blood vessels to the lower limb).  These complications increase a patient’s risk of developing Charcot’s arthropathy or ulcers. Ulcers are susceptible to infection, which may lead to foot sepsis, gangrene and, in some cases, amputation.

Studies have shown that amputation rates for patients with diabetes are between 15 to 40 times higher than that of the non-diabetic population. Audits carried out at CUH and international studies have indicated that the provision of a specialist diabetes podiatry service reduces the rate of amputations and hospital admissions among patients with diabetes.