At Burrard Podiatry our goal is to keep you walking and lower your risk for diabetes related foot complications. According to the International Diabetes Federation, worldwide, every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes, 50 per cent of those who lose a leg to diabetes, lose the other leg within three to five years, and up to 50 per cent of those who lose a leg to diabetes die within three years of the amputation. 85 per cent of leg amputations are preceded by a foot wound or sore, known as an ulcer.
The statistics are not encouraging, but if you have diabetes there are several things you can do to improve your odds. Most importantly, if you have diabetes you need to know your risk for potential foot problems. Our doctors are experienced in comprehensive diabetic foot management – from initial screening and risk assessment to the treatment of diabetes related foot complications.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to control blood sugar is impaired. Poorly controlled blood sugars can result in different complications. Some individuals with diabetes may develop foot complications that can lead to poor circulation, loss of feeling, wounds, infection, and even amputation. If you have diabetes, you need to have your feet checked to be aware of your individual risk for foot problems. If you are found to be at increased risk, you require preventive foot care.
At Burrard Podiatry our doctors can check and assess your risk for foot complications and prescribe risk lowering preventive measures to decrease your risk for foot complications and amputation. Your feet can last a lifetime!
A significant risk factor for foot complications in individuals with diabetes is loss of feeling in the feet, or peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a common occurrence in persons with diabetes and may initially go unnoticed (asymptomatic); whereas in others it can be very painful as it develops. If you are found to have peripheral neuropathy you are at increased risk for foot sores or ulcers that can lead to amputation.