DIABETES FOOT CARE PROGRAM

Nova Scotia’s growing aging population gives it the highest percentage of seniors 65 and up who suffer from diabetes. The disease can affect every organ, but one part of the body is particularly vulnerable – the feet. High glucose levels in the blood weaken nerves and create vascular problems. As a result, diabetics often experience a complete loss of sensation in their feet, which means that serious problems like wounds and ulcers may go undetected. If you’re a diabetic, early intervention and regular visits to a podiatrist are essential.

Fully funded by the Annapolis West Health Foundation, the Diabetes Foot Care Program is a new approach to providing reliable care to diabetic patients who are considered moderate to high risk and have no third party insurance coverage for podiatric treatment.

A doctor or nurse practitioner refers patients to the program. Some people come by way of the Diabetes Education Program. Clinics are also open to privately insured individuals however, no financial support is provided by the Foundation. Currently, the Diabetes Foot Care Program serves 50-plus patients living in the Annapolis Community Health Centre catchment area.

Good diabetes management and regular foot care prevent the development of severe foot wounds that can lead to amputation. You can help us to help people with diabetes in our community live healthier lives.

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MEET CAROLINE LEVERETT

Patients visiting the podiatric clinic at the ACHC are very lucky to be under the treatment of Caroline Leverett. Caroline, who holds a Masters of Science from the University of Brighton, is a relative newcomer to our area and hails from the UK.

In addition to her podiatric qualifications, Caroline has an extensive background in diabetic management and wound care. She has taught postgraduate classes on a number of topics related to diabetes and while still living across the Pond, she lectured at Plymouth University. Caroline is a member of the Nova Scotia Podiatry Association.