At this point in time our clinic is open. We have implemented increased sanitation protocols and have limited scheduling to help ensure there is no traffic in our waiting room. Furthermore, if you have travelled outside of Alberta in the last 14 days or have symptoms such as: cough, fever, sore throat or similar issues we cannot see you in our clinic at this point in time. Please call our office or 811 for further information.

Diabetic Foot

What is Diabetic Foot?

Diabetes can be potentially very dangerous for the feet, due to the potential for nerve damage, reduced blood flow and a weakened immune system. A small cut may go unnoticed (as might a rock in a shoe) and this could lead to an infection or wound that could put a diabetic patient at risk for amputation.

Some of the recommendations for preventative diabetic footcare include:

  • Daily foot inspection for cuts, blisters, corns, and ingrown toenails.
  • Washing feet in lukewarm water and drying off between the toes. Never moisturize between the toes as moisture tends to accumulate there and cause open sores.
  • Periodic foot exams by a podiatrist.
  • Never going barefoot. Wear shoes, sandals or slippers with a solid sole to protect against cuts or scrapes on the bottom of the foot.
  • Wear white or light colored socks so that if there is a cut of any sort you can see any bleeding.
  • Never cutting calluses yourself and being careful when cutting your nails, or getting this done by a podiatrist.
  • Keep blood sugars under control.
  • Do not smoke (smoking reduces blood flow in your feet).