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
low risk for having foot problems. You have a normal foot, with no open sores, normal feeling, and no changes to your bones.
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 ask to be seen the same day, or go to the emergency department if you have any of these:
(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.
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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