How does Diabetes affect the feet?
It is important to maintain excellent foot health in the presence of Diabetes. Diabetes often has silent symptoms which can mean foot health deteriorates without the patient’s knowledge. Diabetes can increase the risk of foot ulceration, infection, and, even eventually, amputation. It is critical for anyone with Diabetes to have an annual foot neurovascular assessment performed by a qualified Podiatrist. This will determine if any changes in the feet have occurred as a result of Diabetes.
The following changes can occur secondary to Diabetes:
Nerve damage in the feet can occur secondary to Diabetes (peripheral neuropathy). This leads to reduced protective sensation and hence increased risk of foot ulceration. If you suffer with symptoms of burning, tingling or numbness in the feet this may be signs of peripheral neuropathy and you should have a Diabetes foot assessment undertaken promptly.
Reduced blood flow to the feet can occur secondary to Diabetes (peripheral arterial disease). This leads to reduced ability to heal. Therefore a simple cut or blister may lead to the formation of a foot ulcer. Your Podiatrist will undertake an assessment using a Doppler ultrasound to assess the health of the arteries supplying blood flow to the feet.
It is critical for anyone with Diabetes to have an annual foot neurovascular assessment performed by a qualified Podiatrist.
It is important to undergo regular neurovascular assessments with your Podiatrist. At TFC Podiatry you will be provided with a full assessment, education and all results will be sent back to your GP and Endocrinologist on completion. For those deemed at high risk of developing a foot ulcer you may require more frequent Podiatric care to prevent long term complications in the feet.
At TFC Podiatry our Podiatrists look forward to working with you to educate, monitor and help prevent Diabetic foot complications. Providing you with a comprehensive Diabetes foot assessment, treatment and ongoing care for your feet.
- Annual Diabetes Foot assessments
- Written reports to GPs and Endocrinologists
- Doppler ultrasound to assess blood flow
- Neurological/sensation assessment
- Ongoing Diabetes Foot Care
- Education provided
- Footwear education and provision
- Wound management