Over three million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020. Caregivers of people with diabetes, especially seniors, need to learn all they can about stepping up foot care -- from maintenance, to shoe selection. Going without proper foot care can be dangerous. Our Ask Elizabeth* advice column has some tips that may be helpful.
Natalie Strouth is a nurse with Saint Elizabeth and the information specialist behind Ask Elizabeth, a free caregiver support service. Saint Elizabeth has been a trusted name in Canadian health care for more than a century and is a national, not-for-profit, charitable organization.
In her weekly column, Natalie answers your questions about caring for a family member or friend who needs extra support -- and caring for yourself as a caregiver.
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Kerry asks: My grandmother lives with me and she has diabetes. Her doctor told me that she needs to take better care of her feet. How should I be helping her?
Stepping up proper foot care is critical for a person with diabetes. Your help will play a big role in preventing unwanted complications associated with your grandmother's diabetes, like circulatory problems, infections or foot ulcers. As always, prevention is the best medicine. Here are some things you can do to help:
You can find health care professionals in almost every community who specialize in foot care:
The Canadian Diabetes Association offers educational workshops on many topics, including foot care, that your family may find very helpful.
Remember, you can prevent most complications associated with diabetes. Learning how to properly care for your grandmother's feet has long term value for her overall health.
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