If poorly managed, diabetes can lead to complications throughout the body, particularly in your feet.
To help identify and prevent any complications that may occur as a result of Diabetes, we recommend that people with diabetes have their feet assessed by a Podiatrist every 12 months.
After we conduct a thorough assessment, we compile a detailed report for your doctors and specialists to ensure the best care for your feet.
We treat a range of conditions that occur as a result of diabetes. These are listed below.
Reduction in blood flow
Reduction in blood flow can result in a slower healing rate plus nail, skin and soft tissue injuries. This can also cause colder legs and feet, plus cramps and pains during or after walking.
Loss of Sensation
Badly managed glucose levels may cause nerve degeneration. This may result in numbness plus other sensations including tingling, pins and needles, burning and coldness.
Prevention/treatment of Ulceration
With a possible decrease in the integrity of the skin, coupled with the loss of sensation and reduction of blood flow to the feet, people with diabetes are more susceptible to developing ulcers.
Unstable When Walking
An increase of glucose in the blood may lead to stiffness in joints in the body and feet. This reduction in movement can result in difficulty walking and standing.
Nail and skin problems
It is important to maintain good nail and skin health to avoid future complications. It is recommended that people with diabetes see a podiatrist every 8 weeks for optimum foot care.
Poor Fitting Footwear
It is always important to wear appropriately fitted footwear to accommodate and support your foot type. We always encourage patients to purchase their shoes and runners from stores with trained staff as they can assist in recommending appropriately fitted shoes. This knowledge helps ensure foot comfort and performance. For patients who have shoes that are uncomfortable due to a bony deformity or because they're new, we can offer to stretch these shoes. This services gives your feet more room and reduces the risk of callouses, blisters and corns.