Foot care expo a step to good health

The Canadian Diabetes Association hosts a foot care expo, Saturday, Nov. 14 at the University of Victoria

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day, the Canadian Diabetes Association hosts a foot care expo, Saturday, Nov. 14 at the University of Victoria.

“Foot care: a step towards good health” is in the Bob Wright Centre, UVic’s Earth & Ocean Sciences Building. Following registration from 12 to 1 p.m., the program runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with topics including foot care best practices, neuropathy, footwear, compression socks and orthotics, how to access resources and services, advocacy and getting involved.

“Good foot care is essential for all people, but especially for those with diabetes. When it comes to diabetes, knowledge is the best management,” says Penny Murray, CDA branch co-ordinator for Vancouver Island. “We encourage the public to join us at this educational event.”

Dr. Todd Yip, Rehabilitation Site Chief at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital’s Foot & Leg Ulcer Clinic, and his foot care team will walk attendees through the ins and outs of foot care – how to keep your feet healthy, what to look for and what to do, how to identify signs and symptoms if problems do occur and taking the next steps through proper care and footwear.

Registration is $10; pre-registration and payment is required: diabetes.ca/VicFootExpo, email victoria.reception@diabetes.ca or call 250-382-5454, ext. 221.