Key Questions: How can foot complications be reduced for people with diabetes? How can this information be delivered by health care providers to the community through an education program?
This tool is a workbook that should be used by patients as a part of an education program administered by health providers. The use of an education program can help to reduce foot complications for people with diabetes.
The workbook begins by asking the patient to assess the risk of obtaining a diabetic foot ulcer. The workbook then asks the patient to conduct an assessment of five key risk factors:
- Presence/History of Foot Ulcers
- Protective Sensation
- Structural Abnormalities
- Self-care Knowledge and Behaviour
The diabetes foot assessment/risk screening summary allows the patient to assess their own risk factors for ulceration and amputation.
This tool explores interventions related to diabetic ulcers. Using the following techniques
- Communicate risk status
- Teach/reinforce diabetes self-care knowledge and behavior
- Refer to diabetes education/care resources