The Total Contact Cast for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Watch April’s story and learn how the Total Contact Cast (TCC) has impacted her life.

What is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?

If you have diabetes type 1 or 2, you are 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 does not fit properly, these wounds take longer to heal, resulting in an increased risk of infection and lower-leg amputation.

Did you know?

  • Home and Community Care Support Services Mississauga Halton has the third highest prevalence of diabetes in Ontario
  • Up to one in four 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 three 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 six weeks, compared to months or years with conventional wound dressings

Home and Community Care Support Services Mississauga Halton 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 Home and Community Care Support Services Mississauga Halton at 1-877-336-9090 and press 1.

Patients should speak with their doctor or a Home and Community Care Support Services Mississauga Halton Care Coordinator to learn more.