Diabetes & Foot Care
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
Nerve sensation test using a monofilament
Callus formation on the ball of the foot
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?
Some alarming facts…
- 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!
Pod Fit Podiatry
166 Grange Road, Findon
Adelaide SA 5023
Pod Fit Podiatry
31 Smart Road, Modbury
Adelaide SA 5092