Document Type : Research Article
Background : Diabetic foot problems are a major cause of morbidity and premature mortality in people with diabetes. Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore the perceived barriers in foot care and to assess the foot care practice among diabetic patients undergoing treatment at a selected hospital in Karad with a view to conduct a demonstration program on foot care. Methods: Research design adopted for the study was a descriptive exploratory survey. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 120 diabetic patients. Structured interview schedule was used to explore perceived barriers of foot care and foot care practice. Demonstration program on foot care was conducted for all patients. Results: Majority (77.5%) of the diabetic patients were having poor practice regarding foot care and only 22.5% were having good practice. Subjects expressed many barriers which have interfered with their regular practice of foot care. Conclusion: Majority of diabetic patients had poor foot care practice and the patients expressed many barriers that had an influence on their foot care practice. Findings stress the need for educational and motivational strategies for diabetic patients to comply with effective foot care.