The progression of diabetes is often accompanied by complications which can include leg and foot ulcers. The increase in the prevalence and incidence of diabetes has serious implications for the management of subsequent complications.

The purpose of this article is to elaborate on major risk factors and assessment for nurses caring for patients with diabetes, and to outline nursing intervention in order to prevent diabetic ulcers. Effective intervention saves the patient from unnecessary pain and problems and might, in the best case, prevent amputation. This article is based upon the investigations and experiences of two nursing students in finding the best evidence for preventing diabetic ulcers during their clinical practice in a home care setting.