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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
July 02, 2014
Category: Wound Care

Preventing Ulcers in Your FeetIf you have diabetes, you don’t want a foot ulcer to keep you away from the Forbes Park Music Festival going on in Cambridge this Saturday, July 5. The day will be packed from morning to night with clowns, jugglers, splash pad, food vendors, arts, crafts, and of course—music! Practice the tips below for ulcer prevention to make sure you’re ready for all the action.

The statistics from the American Podiatric Medical Association are a little scary:

  • Diabetes is the main reason for non-traumatic foot amputations.
  • Eighty-five percent of such amputations start with foot ulcers.
  • About 14 to 24 percent of people with diabetic foot ulcers will need to have an amputation.

It is crucial, then, to do everything you can to prevent a foot ulcer from developing. This starts by being vigilant about monitoring your feet. You need to keep them clean and dry and check them every day for any sign of the smallest sore. If you see a spot when you take off your socks, examine your foot in that area to see what could be causing the drainage. A cut, a scrape, a puncture—any one of these could quickly develop into a major sore that doesn’t heal.

At the first sign of a problem, get your feet into our office for a check. Chiropodist Douglas Broad is well-trained to deal with all your diabetic foot complications. We will examine, treat, and dress the wound so infection doesn’t set in.

Other things you can do for your foot health: Keep your glucose levels under strict control; wear protective footwear, even in the house, to keep your feet safe; and get enough exercise to keep your circulation in top form.

Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare offers expert care for diabetic feet. Call our office in Cambridge, ON, at (519) 624-4122 for an appointment, or request one on our website. Keeping your feet healthy is our primary goal.

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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122