Your foot care team
You are the centre of the team
You are the key person in your foot care team. It is important to check your feet every day for any changes or signs of injury. If you are unable to do this on your own, arrange to have someone else check your feet every day. If you notice a change, see a Healthcare Professional as soon as possible.
Do not second guess yourself or feel that the change is too small to seek medical attention. Left untreated, small injuries or changes can become very serious and lead to complications and possibly amputation.
When calling the Healthcare Professional’s office, inform the person answering the phone that you have diabetes and noticed a change on your foot. Describe what you see on your foot.
Your family and friends are also an important part of your care. They can offer support and help you take care of your feet if you are unable to do it on your own. Build your comfort level in asking others for help when you need it.
The health professionals on your team
Many different Healthcare Professionals make up your diabetes healthcare team. Some work with you to manage your diabetes overall and some of these professionals are trained to look after feet and specialize in foot care for persons with diabetes.
- Chiropodists or podiatrists: specialize in treating foot diseases, disorders and dysfunctions
- Diabetes educators: provide education on diabetes, including foot care
- Endocrinologists: treat concerns of the endocrine system, including diabetes
- Neurologists: specialize in caring for nerve-related concerns
- Nurses: some have special training in foot care
- Occupational therapists: provide assistance in the home and workplace to help you function better
- Primary care doctors: assist in diabetes management, and some have specialized training in foot care
- Orthotists and prosthetists: specialize in orthotic and prosthetic devices
- Pedorthists: specialize in orthotics, footwear and footwear modifications
- Physicians: focus on medical care of patients
- Physiotherapists: provide therapy to help people improve physical function
- Registered dietitians and nutritionists: provide information about proper food habits
- Other specialists: You may also be referred to other specialists to investigate, diagnose, or manage specific problems.
My key contacts
Print this list and fill in the contact information for your key Healthcare Professionals.
Chiropodist or podiatrist
Orthotists and prosthetists
Primary care doctor
Registered dietitian or nutritionist