DiabetesOur podiatry team are highly skilled in treating Diabetic foot conditions, and performing annual Diabetes foot assessments, people with Diabetes are particularly prone to foot problems. The great thing is, most of these problems are preventable with treatment and advice from our podiatry team. We recommend that people with diabetes have their feet checked every year for low risk feet and every 3 – 6 months for high risk feet.

The assessment will include looking at the following:

  • Blood flow to the feet (circulation), using a Doppler ultrasound
  • Feeling and reflexes (nerves), as determined by monofilament testing
  • Unusual foot shapes (including bunions, claw toes and hammer toes)
  • Toenails
  • Dryness, calluses, corns, cracks or infections

People with diabetes who have misshapen feet and nerve damage are the more likely to develop:

  • Ulcers from too much pressure over some areas of the feet
  • More corns and calluses due to too much pressure on one area and can be avoided with some changes

Seek your podiatrist’s help to remove calluses or corns before they become ulcers as these can become infected, risking amputation.

In order to assess your level of risk of developing diabetic foot complications it is strongly recommended that all people with Diabetes have a regular circulation and sensation check for their feet, called a neurovascular assessment. Our Podiatry team can perform this safe and thorough assessment for you, discuss any problems with you, and answer your questions. They will also provide a detailed report to your doctor.

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