Frequently Asked Questions

1.

Who would benefit from being seen in the Diabetic foot clinic?

 

Anyone who has a persistent callous or foot ulcer that is not healing
within 2-3 weeks with conservative management.

2.

How do I arrange for an appointment with the clinic?

 

Please refer to our referral protocol. [Protocols]

3.

What are important indicators of a problem with a diabetic foot?

 

Persistent pain in the foot, build up of callous on the foot, a non
healing sore on the foot or ankle, and continuing drainage from an
ulcer are all indicators of a potentially serious problem with the foot.

4.

What can I do to prevent these complications from occurring?

 

Regular inspection of the feet and follow-up with a podiatrist are
good ways to avoid problems with the foot. See our guide for
appropriate care of the feet.
[Proper Foot Care] This can also be
accessed from the American Podiatry Association Webpage.
[Links]

5.

How long will it take to cure an ulcer?

 

This usually depends on the depth of the wound, the circulation
status of the foot, and the status of diabetic control of the patient.
In situations where there is good circulation and good glucose con-
trol, ulcers can be healed in three to six weeks. Complications will
take longer to heal.

6.

Why is it important to take care of the feet and prevent amputation?

 

National data has demonstrated that the first amputation is followed
by a second amputation within two to five years in 50% of cases,
and the 5-year mortality in patients with amputations is 60%.
Amputations above the knee versus lead to higher mortality rates
than amputations below the knee.

7.

What is the advantage of being seen by the Diabetic Foot Clinic
of Western New York?

 

The Diabetic Foot Clinic has a proven track record of better out-
comes for diabetic foot problems. We are ready and able to help you.

 

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