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Free foot care pilot project in Abbotsford, B.C. showing positive signs for patients

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Dr. Scott Schumacher poses for a photograph at his podiatry practice in Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 6, 2018. DARRYL DYCK/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Dr. Scott Schumacher poses for a photograph at his podiatry practice in Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 6, 2018.
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From the Globe and Mail article:

The program in Abbotsford, about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, is studying the impact of providing a free foot clinic to vulnerable patients in the dialysis unit. Poor circulation paired with neuropathy, a lack of sensation in the feet, means these patients are prone to developing open wounds and infections that put them at risk for amputation.
Initial results from the three-year study indicate the free care has reduced the number of leg amputations by half, echoing larger studies from the United States that have shown access to foot care reduces leg amputation in diabetics.
Dr. Scott Schumacher, a podiatrist who specializes in diabetic wounds and works at the foot clinic, said there’s no question the clinic is saving patients’ legs – while also saving the health-care system money.

Read more at the link:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/free-foot-care-pilot-project-in-abbotsford-bc-showing-positive-signs-for-patients/article37536335/