PEP TALK:
Diabetes Healthy Feet and You


Overview

Diabetes affects more than 2.7 million Canadians and predictions for the next ten years suggest this number will grow significantly. According to the research:
  • 15% of Canadians living with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some time during the course of their disease.
  • People with diabetes are 15 to 40 times more likely to require a lower-limb amputation compared to the general population.
People with diabetes face a number of challenges, one of which is to maintain good foot care in order to prevent foot ulcers. If ulcers are not detected and managed early, they can lead to decreased quality of life, infection, disability and amputation. In addition, treating diabetic foot ulcers is expensive to the Canadian healthcare system.

Program Description

This interactive 2.5 hour workshop provides support and education on diabetic foot care for people living with diabetes and family members. Peer educators work in partnership with the diabetes healthcare community to empower people with diabetes to adopt self-management behaviors and prevent diabetic foot complications. This is done by increasing their knowledge of risk factors, learning practical skills and linking them to resources in their community.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Assess the impact of diabetes on the health of their feet.
• Identify factors that can lead to foot ulcers.
• Learn how to care for their feet daily.
• Demonstrate how to do a proper foot exam.

If you are interested in learning more about this FREE workshop or would like to hold a workshop within your organization, please contact us.