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Diabetic Foot Care Specialists Certification

The Basic and Advanced Diabetic Foot Care Specialist Certificate is aimed at any medical or non-medical personnel who would like to add Basic and Advanced Diabetic Foot Care to their practice settings.

Over 11 million Canadians suffer from diabetes and many diabetic suffer from foot complications related to nerve damage related to their diabetes, including, below the knee amputations which can affect quality of life and can be prevented with client awareness, knowledge, practicing proper foot care, and receiving early intervention from a trained diabetic foot care specialist.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What is Diabetes, Overview of Diabetes as a Diagnosis, Main Types of Diabetes
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines 2018 Diabetes Canada on the Diabetic Foot
  • What is Diabetic Foot Care
  • Complications of Diabetes
  • Look at Factors that Contribute to Foot Problems in Geriatric and the Diabetic Clients
  • Diabetes Management/Self-Care Management
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Foot, Structural Deformities
  • Common Condition of the Joints and Nails
  • Diabetic Foot Health Education Checklist
  • Diabetes High Risk Assessment, Mono Filament Testing, Circulation, Sensation, Color of Nail, Nail and Foot Deformities
  • Skin Conditions and Common Nail Disorders of Client’s including: Corns Seeded, Hard, and Soft, Warts, Hallux Valgus, Rams Horn, Ingrown Toe Nail, Nail Fungal, and Callus’
  • Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization for Tools
  • Health Canada Foot Care Infection Control Standards
  • How to Setup Tools, Use Assessment Forms, Perform Foot Assessment using the Mono Filament Testing to Check for Neuropathy in Diabetics
  • How to Use Tools and Equipment Safely including: Nail Scissors, In-Grown Scissors, Black File, Dremel, Debris Evacuator, Chemo Sterilizer, Disinfectant, Plastic Apron, Goggles, N95 Mask, Face Shield, Gloves, Carrying Case, Etc.
  • Best Practices in Reducing Risks of Cross Contamination When Performing Diabetic Foot Care
  • Sterilization Methods in Use: Example Use of Autoclave
  • Performing a Foot Care Treatment Using Single-Use Disposable Tools in Filing, Cutting Nails Using Nail Nippers, In-Grown Scissors, Using the Black File to Clean Detritus
  • Theory and Practice on the Safe Use of Disposable Foot File and Use of Rotary Disc
  • Using Urea Base Product to Decrease Callus Formation
  • Health Teaching on Using Proper Foot Wear
  • When to Refer to a Primary Healthcare Provider

Pre-Requisites: Hepatitis B vaccine, TB skin test, criminal reference check, and First Aide CPR and malpractice insurance and liability coverage.

For students who do not have malpractice insurance coverage, this insurance can be purchase from Holman Insurance at

Onsite Lab

Students will be expected to attend the onsite lab after completing the diabetes theory and purchasing the foot care kit. At the onsite lab, they will be expected to bring in all of the tools from foot care kit.

After in-class lab: Students will be expected to complete 20 hands on case studies that they will find on their own from their communities.

Each hands-on case studies will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Students will be expected to submit proof of completing 20 case studies with completed assessment forms with before and after pictures and write up using assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation process.

Course Duration: 200 Hours

Pre-Reading Assignments on Selective Reading Materials on Diabetes and Foot Care: 90 Hours

Onsite, In-Class Theory 3 Days: 20 Hours

Practice Lab Onsite with Instructor: 8 Hours

Completion of 20 Hands-on Case Studies on Your Own: 60 Hours

Write up of Case Studies: 20 Hours

Competency Exam with Feedback: 2 Hours

Upon completion of this course, student will receive the Basic and Advanced Diabetic Foot Care Specialist Certificate and will receive a 1-year membership under the foot care specialist modality category with the National Association or Holistic Health Practitioners.

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Contact us for diabetic foot care training. Our specialist certification courses are available to students located in Ontario.