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Diabetes Foot Ulcers

Diabetes foot ulcers are leading cause of amputations

Foot ulcers and wounds are one of the most devastating complications of diabetes.  Ulcers and wounds arise from poor circulation associated with peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy, injury and infections.  Diabetes affects circulation and immunity, and over time the sensory nerves in the hands and feet may be damaged.  Canadians with diabetes often may not feel a foot injury, blister or cut.  Small sores, ulcers or wounds may become infected leading to serious complications that may result in amputation.

Nevertheless, the evidence is clear that diabetes foot ulcers and wounds that result in amputation may be prevented by early detection, prevention measures such as regular foot checks, stopping tobacco use and effective wound care.
Diabetes foot infections are the most common reason for admission to hospital for Canadians living with diabetes.  At highest risk of amputation for diabetes foot ulcers are Canadians with diabetes who are over 40, who smoke, and have lived diabetes for 10 years or more.

Key Facts

2.3 million Canadians live with diabetes today.
Canadians with diabetes are 23 times more likely to be hospitalized for a limb amputation than someone without diabetes.
More than 4,000 Canadians with diabetes had a limb amputated in 2006.
Diabetes foot ulcers cost our healthcare system more than $150 million annually.

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