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Diabetic Foot

Diabetes can affect many systems throughout the body. The feet can be affected and can show signs of numbness, redness, swelling and non-healing wounds. Foot ulcerations can be one of the first complications that appear in the lower extremities. Complications from diabetes can cause numbness (neuropathy), poor circulation (angiopathy), and impaired ability to fight infection (immunopathy). Over 9 million Canadians have diabetes or are pre-diabetic1.

The initial signs of diabetes include excessive thirst, excessive hunger, frequent urination and changes to vision or numbness or tingling in the feet. If you notice these changes see your family doctor as soon as possible.

What can I do if I am a Diabetic?

  • Control your blood sugars as best as possible, in coordination with your family doctor and a Diabetes educator
  • Inspect your feet daily for any areas of pressure or redness, blisters, cuts or swelling. Call your foot specialist if you notice any of these signs.
  • Keep skin soft with moisturizer

What should I be aware of if my foot specialist has diagnosed me with neuropahty?

  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Avoid soaking feet in water
  • Avoid trimming calluses yourself
  • If you notice any change in your foot structure with associated swelling, see your foot and ankle specialist as soon as possible as this can be a sign of Charcot Neuroarthropathy

Your Foot and Ankle Specialists at Richmond Square Medical Centre Calgary have extensive training and experience in treating the complications of the diabetic foot.  We believe patient education is paramount to preventing the complications associated with Diabetes.

1 http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/what/facts/

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