Diabetes Canada’s Position on Amputation Prevention

Published On: April 19, 2017

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputation in Canadian adults, associated with approximately 70% of amputations performed in hospital.

85% of amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer!

Compared to the general population, Canadian adults with diabetes are over 20 times more likely to undergo non-traumatic lower limb amputations, 85% of which are preceded by a foot ulcer.

Diabetes foot ulcerations are often the result of diabetic neuropathy and/or peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation/blood supply to the foot); they can become infected and result in amputations. Diabetes foot complications place a tremendous emotional and financial burden on the individuals suffering from these complications, their families and the health care system.

The prevention of amputations involves regular foot exams by patients with diabetes and health professionals and evaluation of amputation risk, regular callus debridement, patient education, professionally fitted therapeutic footwear, and early detection and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. [source: Diabetes Canada]

At Werkman Chiropody, we offer comprehensive footcare for people living with diabetes.

Introducing Kaitlin Werkman, B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry, MSc Diabetes

Kaitlin Werkman is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, the United Kingdom HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council).

Kaitlin has completed her Bachelor of Science Podiatry (Honours) degree at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and has completed her Masters Degree in Diabetes (MSc Diabetes).Kaitlin is also licensed for nail surgery and local anesthesia.

In 2016, Kaitlin completed Total Contact Casting System training – a casting technique for weight distribution to promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers. Learn more about TCC.

Kaitlin has a special interest in diabetic footcare and is qualified, competent, and caring. Learn more about Kaitlin’s qualifications. Book an appointment with Kaitlin today!


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