Diabetes itself increases the risk of developing foot problems. People who have diabetes need to be very careful with their feet and require ongoing assessments and monitoring. As blood sugar levels can escalate, it is easier for infections to take hold. Your Podiatrist will thoroughly investigate your feet and provide you with full education on how to care for them and how to prevent injury.
Foot assessments for Diabetes include:
- Nerve sensation checks (ability to feel pressure, touch, temperature)
- Circulation testing (assessing blood flow to the feet and toes)
- Assessing areas of high loading, and areas at risk of ulceration
- Identifying areas of skin build up
- Identifying any nail pathologies
- Your gait and biomechanics
- Muscular strength and control
Potential complications of Diabetes:
- Deterioration of blood flow and sensation
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Undetected foot injuries
- Callus and corn formation
- Thickened or ingrown toenails
- Foot posture changes
- Gait changes
I’ve got Diabetes. what should I do?
We strongly recommend seeing a Podiatrist at least once per year for a checkup. We will conduct a full circulation and nerve assessment and point out areas that require treatment that we can provide immediately, as well as offering you self management strategies. If we believe that you are well and able to care for your feet we encourage that. If we think that you’re not dealing as well as could be, then we may recommend attending for regular nail or callus maintenance, or request to see you on a regular basis to make sure you are getting the care your condition requires.
Facts About Diabetes in Australia
- Diabetes is a serious and complex medical condition which is estimated to affect 1.7 million Australians and is continually rising.
- It is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.
- With Diabetes, nerve damage in the feet is affected in 13% of cases, and circulation damage in 14% of cases.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of lower limb amputation.
Take action and be in control of your Diabetes today!