TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association
(OPMA) and Ontario's podiatrists join in recognizing World Diabetes Day
today with a plea to improve awareness of the impact Diabetes has on
overall health and particularly on the foot health of the 2.4 million
Canadians living with Diabetes.
The prevalence of diagnosed Diabetes has increased by 70% from 1999 to
2009 according to government reports. Podiatrists, as primary health
care providers, are on the frontline coping with the increased demand
for care of diabetic foot conditions. "Public health sources claim
Diabetic foot ulcers cost more than $150 million annually," stated
Bruce Ramsden, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and President of the OPMA.
"Diabetic foot wounds left untreated or treated too late led to over
2,000 amputations in Canada in 2011-2012," added Ramsden. Diabetes is a
call to action to all health professionals.
According to the OPMA, podiatrists identify and treat wounds THAT could
otherwise go unnoticed and, if left untreated, become seriously
infected and detrimental to the individual's health. As foot health
specialists, Podiatrists can help to manage Diabetic feet among other
symptoms. Podiatry has documented success in the prevention of foot
amputations resulting from reduced blood flow to the lower limbs.
Podiatrists provide the early recognition and foot screenings required
to prevent amputations and other complications from Diabetes.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The
World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. World Diabetes Day was launched in
1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health
Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating
health threat that Diabetes poses.
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with
the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225. It is celebrated on
November 14 to mark the birthday of Canadians Frederick Banting who,
along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the
discovery of insulin in 1922.
The OPMA represents over 80% of podiatrists registered to practise in
Image with caption: "As foot specialists, Podiatrists help manage diabetic foot and other conditions. The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA) and Ontario's podiatrists join in recognizing World Diabetes Day today with a plea to improve awareness of the impact Diabetes has on overall health and particularly on the foot health of the 2.4 million Canadians living with Diabetes. Know the facts. (CNW Group/Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131114_C7640_PHOTO_EN_33375.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA)
For further information:
Contact Bruce Ramsden, DPM at 416-226-4120.