Resources for Foot Care Nurses in Canada

The courses listed on this website are not necessarily endorsed by CAFCN. We do not audit courses for content. All submissions are based on relevance as determined by the submitting member.

Nursing foot care is a practice that always considers our patients and clients holistic’s needs. We realize that we must practice as part of the greater health care team. Our care often intersects and overlaps the care given by other health professionals. To help us do this we draw on resources from a wide variety of other sources as well as our own to help us be valuable team members.

This listing of resources will grow over time. Only resources from recognized health professional agencies or institutions will be listed. Preference will be given to web–accessible resources that are most closely related to nursing foot care and the types of clients that we most commonly see.

If you have a web–accessible resource that you would like to see listed here, please send an email containing the resource information and contact information to president@cafcn.ca.

Articles

The Launch of Diabetic Foot Canada

The CAWC is now heading a multi-partner initiative called Diabetic Foot Canada (DFC), working with several government bodies and not-forprofit organizations. DFC is focused solely on diabetic foot disease, with a strong tie-in to the important etiological issues of diabetes.

The sixth issue of the Diabetic Foot Canada Journal is now available online at www.diabeticfootcanadajournal.ca. This innovative publication addresses an interdisciplinary audience of health-care professionals who care for people with diabetes. Highlights of this issue include an inspiring patient story, advocating for diabetic foot care change in Canada and a new awareness campaign aimed at improving care and reducing limb amputations.

Diabetic Foot Canada Journal

The Launch of Diabetic Foot Canada: An Initiative Aimed at Reducing the Burden of Diabetic Foot Complications (PDF) »

A Workshop on the Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Complications (PDF) »

Evaluation of a peer-led self-management education programme PEP Talk: Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You (PDF) »

Foundations of Wound Care in Just Four Steps »

Signs and Symptoms Versus Nerve Conduction Studies to Diagnose Diabetic Sensorimotor Polyneuropathy: CI vs NPhys Trial - (PDF) »

Best Practice Resources directly related to Nursing Foot Care

Client and Patient Education Material for Foot Care

  • Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia
    See DCPNS Patient and Provider Foot Care Resources for Patient Risk Information Sheets (Low, Medium, High) and a Patient Foot Care Path brochure
    www.diabetescareprogram.ns.ca/professionals.asp
  • LEAP (Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention)
    http://www.hrsa.gov/hansensdisease/pdfs/leappatientbooklet.pdf
  • The Diabetic Foot: A resource for health care professionals
    Click on ’Leaflets‘ in the left hand column to find printable leaflets with well written self foot care teaching for diabetics that has been translated into 31 different European and Asian languages (including French) that is consistent with current best practices.
    www.diabeticfoot.org.uk/

Infection Control Federal Documents

NOTE: Each Province and Regional Health Authority will have its own Infection Control Standards. We recommend that you access and follow what is available for your particular area. If you need assistance contact your governing nursing body.

  • Public Health Agency of Canada: Infection Control Guideline Series
    origin.phac-aspc.gc.ca/nois-sinp/guide/pubs-eng.php
    Foot Care by Health Care Providers
    Hand Washing, Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care
  • Agence de la santé publique du Canada : Série des Guides de prévention des infections
    origin.phac-aspc.gc.ca/nois-sinp/guide/pubs-fra.php
    Soin des pieds á l’intention des dispensateurs de soins dans la collectivité
    Lavage des mains, nettoyage, désinfection et stérilisation dans les établissements de santé
  • IPAC Canada (Infection Prevention and Control)
    www.ipac-canada.org
    IPAC Canada is a multidisciplinary member-based association committed to public wellness and safety by advocating for best practices in infection prevention and control in all settings.

Conditions Commonly Found in Nursing Foot Care Clients and Patients

Peripheral Arterial Disease PAD

  • Vascular Diseases Foundation Website
    The Vascular Disease Foundation provides information and education to the public and health care professionals to reduce death and disability from vascular disease
    www.vdf.org
  • PAD Coalition Website
    The Pad Coalition focuses specifically on lower extremity PAD and offer information and education to the public and health professionals about PAD to enhance prevention, treatment and patient outcomes.
    www.padcoalition.org

Diabetes

  • Canadian Diabetes Association
    This site has all the current best practice guidelines and information and is meant to be used by all health professionals as well as the general public. It is very comprehensive and easy to navigate.
    www.diabetes.ca
  • Diabetic Foot Care Community
    www.diabeticfootcommunity.ca
  • Diabetic Foot Canada Journal
    A website for healthcare professionals
    www.diabeticfootcanadajournal.ca
  • myCDA
    An easy-to-use online hub that is part of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s website with diabetes information customized for user needs and interests. Lots of recipes, articles and discussion forums for people living with diabetes.
    www.diabetes.ca/mycda/sign-up

Arthritis

  • The Arthritis Society (Canada)
    “Searching for the underlying causes and subsequent cures for arthritis, and promoting the best possible care and treatment for people with arthritis.” Website offers current best practice information for both the general public and all health care professionals.
    www.arthritis.ca

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network
    The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients.
    www.rheumatoidarthritis.org

Wound Care

  • CAWC (Canadian Association of Wound Care)
    Excellent website that has most current wound care information and resources for all health care professionals including their many courses and workshops.
    www.cawc.net
  • RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario)
    Assessment and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers
    www.rnao.org/Storage/46/4017_RNAO_Venous_Leg.FINAL.pdf