Protecting foot health very important for people living with diabetes
People with diabetes need to be vigilant about the health of their feet because they face a higher risk of developing foot problems causing serious complications.
“Peripheral neuropathy” is the medical term for the nerve damage that affects so me people with diabetes, making them less likely to feel a cut or blister on their feet. They are also more prone to poor blood circulation to the legs and feet, so their foot injuries do not heal as quickly.
These conditions mean that foot wounds in these patients can lead to ulcers and infection, and, in the most serious cases, to amputation. Diabetes contributes to 70 per cent of all non-traumatic leg and foot amputations, according to Diabetes Canada.
People with diabetes can take steps to protect themselves from significant foot problems. They can also seek professional care and support from a foot care specialist, such as a Canadian certified pedorthist – C. Ped (C) an expert in foot orthotic and orthopedic footwear, and in assessment of lower-limb anatomy, and muscle and joint function.
“We see a large volume of patients with diabetes in our clinic,” says Kevin Fraser, C. Ped (C), and team lead, pedorthics, at the Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.
“With diabetes, due to lost sensation and reduced circulation, a simple blister can quickly worsen and give rise to serious infection. By assessing a patient’s specific risks and providing basic foot care, we are trying to prevent significant complications.”
Certified pedorthists look for signs of potential trouble and guide patients to monitor their Continue reading