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The Total Contact Cast for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?

If you have diabetes type 1 or 2, you're at an increased risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer – an open sore or wound commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Due to pressure to the foot caused by trauma or footwear that doesn't fit properly, these wounds take longer to heal, resulting in an increased risk of infection and lower-leg amputation.

Did you know?

  • The Mississauga Halton LHIN has the third highest prevalence of diabetes in Ontario
  • Up to 1 in 4 people with diabetes will develop foot ulcers
  • 85% of lower-leg amputations start as diabetic foot ulcers
  • 50% of people with diabetes with lower leg amputations pass away within 3 years
What is the Total Contact Cast?
 

TCC is seen as the Gold Standard in off-loading a diabetic foot ulcer. It reduces the risk of complications and speeds up healing time by taking the pressure off your wound.

  • TCC has been shown to heal 90% of diabetic foot ulcers
  • Healing times are reduced to about 6 weeks, compared to months or years with conventional wound dressings
The Mississauga Halton LHIN offers TCC at no cost to eligible patients. Application of the cast can be performed in less than 10 minutes by a certified clinical staff at one of our nursing clinics.

Find out more about the Total Contact Cast

 

Physicians who would like to refer a patient or learn more, please contact the Mississauga Halton LHIN at 1-877-336-9090 and press 1.

Patients should speak with their doctor or Mississauga Halton LHIN Care Coordinator to learn more.​