When you have diabetes you should ask your healthcare provider to examine your feet at least once a year.
Your foot exam shows you are at high risk for serious foot problems. Your healthcare provider will make a referral for you to see a foot care specialist. You should expect a phone call to book an appointment in 1 to 2 weeks. If you do not get an appointment, please call your healthcare provider to let them know you are still waiting for an appointment.
You are at high risk for serious foot problems (complications) if you have any of these:
plus you have any of these 3:
If you see any of these problems, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider right away.
(Reproduced with permission from Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines)
As you take care of your feet, you need to closely watch your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Keep track of your results to make it easier to review and plan your care. Together you and your healthcare provider will decide on the best levels for you.
Report any of these changes to your healthcare provider as soon as possible (within a week). Ask if you need more testing or a referral to another specialist.
Call your healthcare provider right away and request to be seen the same day, or go to the emergency department if you have any of these:
Adapted from the New Brunswick Diabetes Foot Care Clinical Pathway
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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