Podiatrists play an important role in preventing foot problems with regular diabetes assessments completed on a six or twelve monthly basis.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a complex condition where the blood glucose (sugar) remains high for a prolonged of period. The blood glucose is the body’s main source of energy and obtained from the food we eat. Inulin a hormone made by the pancreas helps obtain the glucose from food and convert into the cells to be used for energy. In people with diabetes the pancreas doesn’t make any insulin or enough to work efficiently. Consequently, it remains in the blood and doesn’t reach the cells.

Diabetes and the possible effects on the feet:

  • Poor circulation affecting the body’s ability to heal
  • Burning pain in the legs and feet, typically more noticeable at night
  • Peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage diminishing sensitivity to pain
  • Numbness
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Stiffening of joints
  • Foot ulcers
  • Amputation risk

A comprehensive diabetes assessment at Foot Imprint Podiatry includes:

  • Comprehensive general foot assessment including dermatology, deformities and temperature
  • Circulation test using the latest Doppler ultrasound to determine the amount of blood flowing through the arteries and veins
  • Test of small and large nerve fibers
  • Gait analysis
  • Education on diabetes and self-care
  • Risk evaluation for developing diabetes related foot complications
  • Footwear assessment and advice
  • Foot care education

Keeping your diabetes under control:

  • Monitor and record blood glucose levels frequently
  • Keep blood glucose levels under the recommended 4-6mmol/L
  • Remain physically active
  • Eat healthy
  • Stop smoking

Caring for your feet:

  • Attend regular podiatry appointments
  • Check feet daily with a mirror
  • Check for any redness, blisters or bruising
  • Cut nails straight across and not too short or down the corners
  • Use moisturiser to avoid dry skin
  • Avoid wearing tight socks or prominent seams
  • Keep feet away from direct heat such as heaters, electric blankets or hot water bottles

Our caring team will help keep you keep healthy and active.

Call us on 9585 8782 for an appointment today.

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