General Guidelines for Diabetic Foot Care

Approximately 1.5 million Canadians suffer from diabetes. There are several well-known problems associated with diabetes, but foot ulcers are of very high concern. This is because nerve damage resulting from diabetes can lead to poor blood flow, a higher risk of skin infections and delayed wound healing. Minor scratches can sometimes be devastating for people with diabetes, leading to ulcers that could often necessitate amputation. The bad news is that statistics show that almost 6000 people with diabetes who develop foot ulcers will undergo amputation. The good news is that at least 85% of diabetes-related foot amputations can be prevented by prompt and proper foot care.

1. Check Your Feet Every Day

2. Wash Your Feet Every Day With Mild Soap & Lukewarm Water

3. Take Care Of Your Toenails

4. Protect Your Feet

5. Keep Your Blood Flowing Well

Please be sure to follow these recommendations carefully, and please bring even minor unhealed foot irritations to the attention of your family physician or podiatrist without delay. The faster treatment is started, the better the chances are that your feet will last a lifetime!

Dr. Boroditsky – Fitting Shoes to High Risk Feet (Excerpt from Shaw TV Interview)