What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?
- Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a chronic and hard to heal wound that affects people with unregulated diabetes.
- Diabetic foot ulcers are estimated to affect 15 percent of people with diabetes at some point in their life, with 14–24 percent of these patients requiring amputation.
- It occurs due to loss of sensation usually on the bottom of the foot caused by neuropathy.
- The onset of a DFU is usually caused by foot trauma from inappropriate shoes (or other types of injuries) leading to calluses, blisters and hence skin breakdown.
- If not detected and managed adequately the small wound can become infected and may lead to amputation.
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- Our team of wound care specialists are highly skilled in prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU).
- We have helped hundreds people to save their limbs from going to amputation.
- We use a collaborative approach that engages individuals and their caregivers in foot self-care for diabetic foot ulcer home treatment.
- Our care pathway focuses on the management of symptoms and infection reduction to optimize healing and quality of life.
- In our first appointment we identify individuals’s needs, address risk factors preventing healing and develop a care plan based on best practices guidelines for DFU management.
- We also provide ongoing follow-ups and support until wound closure.
- Patients and caregivers are guided by a wound care specialist and with the support of our virtual wound care platform for those in remote areas, which allow them to upload photos of their wounds any time and get our expert guidance from anywhere in Ontario.