Diabetes is a common issue experienced by many Australians. It can affect nerves and blood vessels throughout the body and plays a significant impact on complications with eyes kidneys and feet.
Diabetic complications in the feet can include a decrease in blood flow to the lower limb which can impact the healing rate, potential to fight bacteria and overall skin integrity. A loss of nerve function can also occur causing neuropathy. As a result, pressure points, shoe rubbing or foreign objects are not felt which can lead to lesions or diabetic foot ulcers as a result of poor circulation.
An annual diabetes assessment and regular foot care by your Podiatrist can provide an insight into your vascular and nerve status and minimise the risk of complications as a result of diabetes. It is also important to check your feet daily. If you find it difficult to see underneath your feet a portable mirror on the floor can help to ensure there are no foreign objects or lesions present.
Some tips for checking your feet daily:
- Check for foreign object or lesions with a mirror and feel the soles of your feet
- Check for redness swelling or heat as this can be a sign of infection
- Wash and dry your feet daily and ensure you adequately dry between your toes
- Check inside your shoes to ensure there are no foreign objects in there, e.g stones that may cause lesions.
By Alicia Hart