Diabetes and your feet
People with Diabetes are particularly prone to foot problems. The great thing is, most of these problems are preventable with our Podiatrists care, following our advice and looking after your feet every day at home.
The foot is especially affected by diabetes because:
Diabetes damages the nerves; meaning you can hurt your feet or break your skin and not feel it.
Diabetes can also affect the blood supply to the feet delaying healing.
Diabetics are more prone to infection
Diabetes can affect the joints, making them stiffer.
Poor eyesight can reduce your ability to care for your feet and detect problems.
These problems are more likely to occur if you have had diabetes for a long time, if your blood glucose levels are too high for an extended period, if you smoke or if you are inactive.
The possible consequences of the affects of diabetes to the feet include:
Ulcerations to the feet from pressure sores not being detected and being slow to heal due to poor circulation. This can lead to a life-threatening infection and ultimately amputation.
Charcot Foot – a massive degeneration of the joints of the feet which can lead to a permanent deformity and lack of mobility.
In order to assess your level of risk of developing these complications it is strongly recommended that all people with Diabetes have a regular circulation and sensation check for their feet, called a neurovascular assessment. Your podiatrists at the Active Foot Clinic 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.
If you or any of your friends and family have Diabetes, book yourself in for a neurovascular assessment today.