85% of Amputations are Preceded by a Foot Ulcer!
Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputation in Canadian adults, associated with approximately 70% of amputations performed in hospital.
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]
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At Werkman, Boven & Associates, we offer comprehensive footcare for people living with diabetes:
- Comprehensive treatment of diabetic ulcers and wounds
- Total Contact Casting (TCC) for pressure relief, off-loading, and healing
- Diabetic footcare and education – learn vital warning signs for high risk foot complications
- Regular foot health check-ups, footcare and orthotics
- Treatment of plantar warts, corns, calluses, and fungal nail
We urge you not to put your feet at risk. Book your diabetic footcare appointment today.