The number of patients that require diabetes-related amputations in England has reached an all-time high with 20 a day now requiring treatment.

The new figures were released by Diabetes UK and are based on data from Public Health England. They show that the number of amputations from diabetes-related complications have risen to 7,370 a year from the previous figure of 7,042.

The new data has increased calls for improved foot care.

Experts have estimated that as many as four out of five amputations could be avoided, with 80 percent starting as foot ulcers which are generally treatable if detected early enough.