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How does time impact your feet?

 
National Diabetes Week 2019 

How does time impact your feet?

 
National Diabetes Week 2019 

We get it. Fitting your feet into your daily routine can prove a challenge. But did you know an estimated 50,000 Australians currently have a diabetic foot ulcer and at least another 50,000 have a history of diabetic foot ulcers? When you think about how much time is spent avoiding the issue in the first place and then how much time is spent trying to fix the ulcer - it equates to a lot of time spent managing a problem that in 80% of cases could have been avoided.

So the big question is...how would you rather spend your time?

let's start with some latest research

The facts speak for themselves. Diabetic foot ulcers are reported as the leading cause of amputation in Australia, are in the top twenty causes of hospitalisation and have five year mortality rates worse than many cancers. Essentially diabetic foot ulcers are the triple threat you don't want.

In good news though, researchers have been busy investigating the important role time plays for diabetic foot ulcers. And they have found that the earlier a GP refers a patient to a multidisciplinary diabetic foot team, the more likely the ulcer will heal quickly and the less likely the patient will develop infection, be hospitalised or require an amputation.

It's about

Time with your

diabetic foot team

Over the last 30 years, expert multidisciplinary diabetic foot teams have been shown to be more effective in managing diabetic foot ulcers compared to solo expert health practitioners. So what should you expect when checking in with your own Diabetic Foot Team? 

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Medication

Your current medication should be checked for both your foot health and general health.

 

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Assessment

Your ulcer should be properly assessed to see if it's improving or needs different treatment.

Debridement

Debridement

Any unhealthy skin on and around your ulcer should be removed if possible.

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Antibiotics

If your ulcer has become infected, new antibiotics should be prescribed.

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Dressing

The correct dressing should be applied that properly absorbs the ulcer fluid.

Moonboot

Offloading

The right offloading device should be prescribed to remove the most pressure on the ulcer.

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Referral

If the ulcer needs more specialised treatment, your team should refer you to the specialist you need.

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Education

Advise you on how you can help your ulcer at home and what to look out for between visits.

It's about

Time with your

diabetic foot team

Over the last 30 years, expert multidisciplinary diabetic foot teams have been shown to be more effective in managing diabetic foot ulcers compared to solo expert health practitioners. So what should you expect when checking in with your own Diabetic Foot Team? 

pill-2-512

Medication

Your current medication should be checked for both your foot health and general health.

 

white-human-footprints-red

Assessment

Your ulcer should be properly assessed to see if it's improving or needs different treatment.

Debridement

Debridement

Any unhealthy skin on and around your ulcer should be removed if possible.

white-human-footprints-pain

Antibiotics

If your ulcer has become infected, new antibiotics should be prescribed.

wallpaper-roll-512

Dressing

The correct dressing should be applied that properly absorbs the ulcer fluid.

Moonboot

Offloading

The right offloading device should be prescribed to remove the most pressure on the ulcer.

edit-11-512

Referral

If the ulcer needs more specialised treatment, your team should refer you to the specialist you need.

conference-call-512 (1)

Education

Advise you on how you can help your ulcer at home and what to look out for between visits.

How does time

impact diabetic foot

disease globally?

Every

0

seconds
someone develops a diabetic foot ulcer
Every

0

seconds
someone develops a diabetic foot infection
Every

0

seconds
someone has an amputation due to diabetic foot disease

How does time

impact diabetic foot

disease globally?

Every

0

seconds
someone develops a diabetic foot ulcer
Every

0

seconds
someone develops a diabetic foot infection
Every

0

seconds
someone has an amputation due to diabetic foot disease

Spend time wisely

at home to help

your foot ulcer

Your Diabetic Foot Team can only do so much. Between visits it's important to be proactive in monitoring your ulcer and feet at home by following some simple steps.
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Check for
Infection

Infection significantly increases the risk of hospitalisation and amputation. When changing your dressing at home, check if your foot feels hot, is red, swollen or has any pus.

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Inspect Your
Feet

Once you've checked your ulcer, inspect your feet for other lesions (calluses, corns or blisters) that can develop into new ulcers without prompt treatment.

Moonboot

Wear your prescribed offloading device

Offloading devices such as Moonboots are prescribed to reduce as much pressure as possible under your ulcer to promote faster healing. So it's extremely important to wear them both inside and outside the house.

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Act on any foot
changes ASAP

Remember time is key, when treatment commences as soon as possible. Make sure you urgently act on any new infections, ulcers or pre-ucler lesions when you are checking your feet at home.

Spend time wisely

at home to help

your foot ulcer

Your Diabetic Foot Team can only do so much. Between visits it's important to be proactive in monitoring your ulcer and feet at home by following some simple steps.
temperature-2-512

Check for
Infection

Infection significantly increases the risk of hospitalisation and amputation. When changing your dressing at home, check if your foot feels hot, is red, swollen or has any pus.

white-human-footprints-300

Inspect Your
Feet

Once you've checked your ulcer, inspect your feet for other lesions (calluses, corns or blisters) that can develop into new ulcers without prompt treatment.

Moonboot

Wear your prescribed offloading device

Offloading devices such as Moonboots are prescribed to reduce as much pressure as possible under your ulcer to promote faster healing. So it's extremely important to wear them both inside and outside the house.

phone-3-512

Act on any foot
changes ASAP

Remember time is key, when treatment commences as soon as possible. Make sure you urgently act on any new infections, ulcers or pre-ucler lesions when you are checking your feet at home.

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Health Professionals!

It's about time

to book your

DFA 2019 Pass!

The 'Not So Standard' Rate ends soon! Refer to the not so subtle countdown below - so get in quick because we're selling out fast.
2019logo_logo4_whiteletters_bluefoot

Health Professionals!

It's about time

to book your

DFA 2019 Pass!

The 'Not So Standard' Rate ends soon! Refer to the not so subtle countdown below - so get in quick because we're selling out fast.
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