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April 2013

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If You Are Living With Diabetes Pay Special Attention to Your Feet

An estimated three million Canadians currently live with diabetes [sub]1[/sub] and, although they may not realize it, many of them have reduced sensation (neuropathy) or poor circulation in their feet.  Footwear is designed to protect feet but people who cannot feel their feet properly are often unaware that their footwear is causing irritations. If you have poor circulation these small sores can develop into wounds, foot ulcers and serious foot conditions. In fact, 85 percent of all leg amputations (for Canadians living with diabetes) are a result of non-healing foot ulcers – more than half of which may have been prevented with more effective nail and foot care, and by people with diabetes wearing appropriate footwear[sup]2[/sup]