Diabetic Foot Care

Is Diabetes affecting your feet? Let us help!

People with diabetes are more prone to developing foot problems and therefore need to take extra care with their feet. Our Podiatrists are trained in treating foot problems resulting from Diabetes.

Sole Podiatry Diabetic Foot Care

Why are people with Diabetes more prone to foot complications?

Poor Circulation
  • High sugar levels in the blood can cause damage to the blood vessels due to the excessive sugar. Once you add high sugar levels in the blood with other health issues such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure the blood vessel walls become hardened, thickened and blocked. This is leads to reduced blood flow to the feet; this is known as Peripheral Vascular Disease. Reduced blood flow causes delayed healing to any cut, scratch or breaks in the skin; increasing the risk of infection.
  • A Podiatrist is trained to assess lower limb circulation using a Doppler ultrasound to identify any problems with blood flow to the feet. Often Podiatrists are the first to identify the beginning of a circulation issue and trigger the necessary referrals to vascular specialists for further assessment and possible treatment. If caught early enough, often simple procedures can be performed to improve circulation to the feet.
Nerve Damage
  • When there are High Levels of sugar within the body, the excess sugar has to go somewhere! Unfortunately, Sugar is easily absorbed by our nerves, especially the ones in our feet and legs. Once sugar enters our nerves, it causes irreversible damage. This damage results in numbness, burning, pins and needles, electric shocks and loss of feeling the feet.
  • This is called Peripheral Neuropathy.
  • Your Podiatrist is able to conduct a series of simple tests to determine whether there is any loss of protective sensation to your feet as a result from diabetes.

Preventing Complications from Diabetes to your feet:

Correct shoe fitting from the length & width to correct sizing; we can help check if your shoes are appropriate.

Wearing shoes that properly protect your feet! There are alot of “diabetic friendly” shoes now available which reduce the chance of excessive rubbing or irritation

Eating a healthy variety of food

Exercise on a regular basis

Inspecting your feet daily will help alert you to any changes to your feet. Use a mirror to see the soles of your feet if you have difficulty.

Do not self treat any callus, corns etc. yourself. See your podiatrist for professional help with calluses, corns, ingrown toenails and wounds.

Maintaining good blood sugar levels and getting regular blood tests

No smoking

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