What is LEAPP?
LEAPP is a one-stop specialised clinic that aims to:
Avoid lower limb amputation
Lower associated death rates
Reduce need for hospital stays
The multidisciplinary team in LEAPP will help patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) to reduce DFU-related complications, infections and amputation rates.
The LEAPP programme strives to provide you with the best care plan to help reduce your treatment cost and improve your quality of life.
The LEAPP Team
The LEAPP team consist of:
Wound Care Nurse
Diabetic Nurse Clinician
The LEAPP team will:
Discuss your foot-related health concerns
Ensure you receive the necessary tests early (e.g. X-Rays, blood tests, etc.)
Provide prompt treatment for your foot wounds
Advise you on what you can do at home to care for your current condition and prevent new problems from emerging
Why are People with Diabetes at Risk?
with diabetes may have:
- Reduced sensation over their feet
- Problems with blood flow to their legs
Signs and injuries that put you at risk of an acute foot attack:
1. Ingrown Toenail
2. Foot Ulcers
Open wound may become infected, leading to tissue death which requires amputation
Foot ulcers and amputations will affect activities of daily living (ADLs) such as walking
Signs of Acute Foot Attack
- Red and Swollen Foot
- Increased Warmth
- Black Discolouration
- Pus Discharge
Self-Care for Diabetic Foot Patients
Maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet
Do not smoke
Avoid activities that requires you to be barefooted as this increases the chance
of you getting injured
Thoroughly dry your skin, especially between your toes
Inspect your feet daily and check the entire surface for signs that puts you at risk of an acute foot attack
Wound Care Tips
Keep pressure off affected areas as much as possible
Change your dressings as advised or when dressing is soaked/dirty
Keep your dressing clean and dry
Your Journey With Us
You will be seen by different specialist(s) and allied health professionals (podiatrist, wound care nurse, diabetic nurse clinician) on the same day.
What Can You Expect After Joining LEAPP?
Patients may visit their primary care providers (GPs or Polyclinics) for subsidised care or consult a specialist at the hospital for follow-up care and wound dressing.