A common cause of foot complications, the nerve damage associated with diabetes can affect a person’s ability to detect sensation, trauma and pressures on the feet. This can lead to several foot complications and conditions requiring podiatric treatment. Poor circulation associated with diabetes can also lead to reduced wound repair, and susceptibility to infection.

Without adequate Diabetes Foot Assessment and Care and management, diabetics risk severe ulceration and amputations of the feet. Diabetics are advised to undergo regular examination of foot pulses, blood flow, reflex testing and vibration and pressure sensitivity assessment with a qualified Podiatrist to detect early changes and prevent foot problems.

A qualified podiatrist can provide ongoing general foot care to ensure your feet aren’t at risk of infection, poor nail cutting or injury between assessment periods. A podiatrist can help off-load any high-pressure points or friction areas to make feet more comfortable and reduce the risks of injury, infection and/or possible amputation.

A qualified Podiatrist can also provide vital education for diabetics on how to care for and monitor their feet between consultations. Diabetics should seek podiatric care immediately for foot injuries, wounds, swelling and redness.