Diabetic Foot Exam

  • Numbing in your feet?
  • Sore legs?
  • Callusing?
  • Sensation of bugs crawling on your feet?

Diabetic Foot Exam

People with Diabetes are at higher risk of developing a condition called Neuropathy, where nerve sensitivity is lessened, particularly in the feet.  This means that a person may not be able to feel heat or cold, cuts or shoes rubbing against the foot.  With time, small injuries that remain untreated may lead to complications or even amputations.    This process is accelerated if you are overweight, have high blood fat levels, have high blood pressure, and problems controlling your blood glucose.

The Centre for Disease Control has stated that there is 82,000 Diabetes related leg and foot amputations  each year.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has stated that 85% of these are preventable with a comprehensive program to reduce the risk of lower extremity amputation.

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association Presentation

 
I was honored to present again at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s national meeting in San Antonio, Texas on October 8th 2015. Please see page 5 & 9 to see the message.

All Diabetic patients need to get their feet checked on an annual basis by a qualified practitioner to prevent ulcerations and amputations and to keep people on the ground and walking to manage their blood sugars. Foot care nursing is important but it is not a stand alone therapy. Risk Categorization after a comprehensive assessment is imperative including sensory, motor, range of motion, temperature, assessing deformities, footwear and footcare including skin and nails. This needs to be done as part of an annual assessment.

Please call Island Pedorthic FootCare 250 758 1716 to book your annual appointment.
 
Below you can watch Dr. Katia Langton’s recent webinar with the Canadian Diabetes Association.

diabetes warning

How Can We Can Help:

  • Screening
  • Education
  • Nursing foot care
  • Custom Orthotics and Orthopaedic shoes

At  the end of  your foot and leg exam with the Certified Pedorthist you may  receive recommendations for Orthotics, Footwear and Nursing follow-up visits based on your the examination and your risk category for neuropathy.     We manufacture custom Orthotic  devices to distribute force, off-load peak pressures and reduce friction.  These devices sometimes need to be coupled with Diabetic-Orthopaedic shoes which have extra depth, width, seamless and customizable with Rigid Rockers.  The function of the Rigid Rocker is to off-load peak pressures or painful foot deformities and literally rock right over those areas.

 

Click here to read more about Dr. Katia Langton’s presentation on diabetic foot ulcers and amputations. One million foot long of amputations globally in Diabetic feet and up to 85% of these are preventable.

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