Annual assessments with a podiatrist are a must for anyone suffering with diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition affecting more and more of the population. The feet are particularly at risk in people with diabetes and complications can include infection, ulcerations and even amputation. Most problems are preventable with good and regular podiatry care.
Your doctor can include us in a team care arrangement referral. This will give you up to 5 visits that are currently bulk billed at our clinic. We will provide your doctor with a detailed foot assessment report as part of the referral.
Common problems we treat
There are too many conditions affecting the feet to list here, but you can find some of the more common ones below. The good news is we will do our best to help you with all of them.
We check the nerve sensation and blood supply, allowing us to understand the relative risk of your feet It is recommended you have this assessment conducted at least once per year if you have diabetes, more often if you are at higher risk of developing complications.
Due to the increased risk associated with diabetes, seeing a podiatrist to help with regular foot care can be a sound strategy to reduce risk
We often get asked these questions regarding diabetes foot care and education
Diabetes can have a major impact on the neurological and vascular function in your feet. Changes to nerve function can mean a reduced or lost ability to feel pain, which can make it difficult to detect any minor cuts, blisters or pressure areas. These may lead to more significant problems such as ulcers if they go undetected for too long . Changes to blood supply to the feet is also common in diabetes, resulting in slower healing. Reduced blood supply in combination with nerve damage is particularly dangerous. It is important to know if your feet are at risk and have a good working relationship with your GP and podiatrist.
This depends on the individual. It may be that an annual check is all that is needed. If you are unable to look after your own feet or have loss of blood supply or sensation, then more regular care is likely to be required. Frequency of visits is something we will discuss with you on your first visit.
Shoeware is an important part of protecting the feet. We can give you advice on the best options that will suit your needs. It is important that people with diabetes wear a shoe that supports their foot while providing adequate width to prevent pressure areas.