How does Diabetes affect the feet?
It is important to maintain excellent foot health in the presence of Diabetes. Having Diabetes increases the risk of foot ulceration, infection and ultimately amputation. It is extremely important for everyone with Diabetes to have an annual foot neurovascular assessment conducted by a Podiatrist. This will determine if any changes have occurred in the feet secondary to 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 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 important to undergo regular neurovascular assessments with your Podiatrist. At The Foot Clinic Point Cook 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.
For more information see https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/foot-care
At The Foot Clinic Point Cook our Podiatrists look forward to working with you to prevent Diabetes foot complications. Providing you with a comprehensive Diabetes foot assessment, education and ongoing care for your feet.
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