High, Intermediate, Low or Nil Risk feet

Podiatrists classify feet according to a risk status- so what does it actually mean?

The risk status is the risk of something going wrong with your feet that could lead to ulceration and amputation of the feet. Accordingly the level assigned will indicate how likely it is for a negative outcome to occur.

Most feet attached to a healthy person will have a Nil risk. Indicating if the person was to injure or get an infection in their feet, they would heal well if they followed normal medical procedures.

Risk status of feet becomes more of an issue when a person has a chronic and complex condition or disease. The reason for this is that the conditions or disease start to affect body systems, such as circulation system , nervous system, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system, all which has repercussions for the bodies over health, and this includes the feet.