Podiatrist, Dr. Matthew Garoufalis states, "dry skin can lead to many major concerns in diabetes. Cracking and peeling result in openings in the skin, allowing bacteria or fungi to enter the body. “With bacterial infections, you most often first see a redness around the area of the cut or crack. People with diabetes are at a disadvantage because they often will not feel pain, which can be an early warning that an infection is occurring. As it progresses, you may also see drainage from the wound, and it may become warm to the touch."
At our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics we have a special interest in diabetes. Our mission is to reduce the overall number of diabetic amputations in Ontario. Last year over 1700 people had their foot amputated due to diabetes in Ontario. The sad part is that over 75% of these amputations could have been prevented if these patients had received proper preventative foot care from a Chiropodist.
If you or a loved one requires competent, honest foot care or custom orthotics from a foot specialist, then look no further than our foot clinic.
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.