85% of Diabetes-Related Amputations Can Be Prevented!

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A Message from Diabetic Foot Canada…

85% graphic“Foot care is a major issue for the one million Ontarians who live with diabetes. It especially impacts seniors and people with limited incomes.

Too many Ontario residents with diabetes undergo devastating and expensive foot/leg amputations that could have been prevented if they previously had had simple, low-cost interventions.

Policy options exist that can rapidly improve the lives of people in need of diabetes foot care, while significantly reducing complication, improving patients’ lives and reducing health system costs.

Why is the prevention of every diabetes complication funded –
EXCEPT foot care?

Early screening and appropriate foot care can prevent up to 85% of diabetes-related amputations! (source: Canadian Association of Wound Care)”

Rick Werkman, D.Ch., B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine and and Kaitlin Werkman, B.Sc. Podiatry, MSc Diabetes Student, recently attended the Advances for the Management of Diabetic Foot Complications conference presented by Canadian Association of Wound Care and Diabetic Foot Canada.

The one-day program included in-depth presentations related to:

  • The prevalence of diabetes and implications for patients and the health care system
  • An approach to optimal foot care, including the prevention of ulcers and amputations
  • Advances in vascular surgery and the treatment of infections
  • Optimizing local wound care

If you are living with diabetes, you are at greater risk of developing foot problems. See your Chiropodist or Podiatrist today.

A Word about Chiropodists and Podiatrists
The College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO) regulates the practice of podiatry and chiropody and governs the members in accordance with the Chiropody Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act and the regulations and by-laws.

To practise chiropody and podiatry in Ontario, internationally educated chiropodists and podiatrists must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. Learn more about COCOO regulations.

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