Why Podiatry is so essential to people with diabetes
- Diabetes causes nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy
- Diabetes affects the circulation, and poor circulation can affect how the body heals
- People with diabetes are more prone to infection
- Diabetes complications can also affect the feet
- Diabetes can affect the joints and make them stiffer
Diabetic Foot Care
Thorough assessment and management of the foot health status of a person is with diabetes is essential. Many people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and visit a podiatrist at once if problems arise is essential. People with diabetes need to have their feet checked at least once a year.
Podiatrist’s routine diabetic foot care can involve:
Assessment. The patient is examined with regard to these areas, and fully informed of what is occurring with his or her feet during each visit.
Nail Trimming. Regular trimming or thinning of nails to prevent them from becoming thickened and ingrown.
Blisters. Treatment of blisters so they do not ultimately become ulcers and infections.
Education. Due to the seriousness of diabetes and the potential severity of its effects, we also educate diabetics on a regular basis about the manifestations of decreased circulation, decreased nerve sensation, weakened bones and collapsed joints. Education on foot care which aims to prevent the foot complications associated with diabetes has become widely recognised as an important aspect of diabetes education programs.
Customised foot wear and/or Orthotics. Custom shoes, insoles and devices can be constructed for diabetics in order to relieve pressure and pain to abnormal sensitive sites on the feet.
Points of skin irritation. Diabetics can have elective podiatric surgery in many cases, as long as the diabetes is under control and the circulation status is excellent. However, any abnormality for the diabetic, such as infection, laceration, or manifestations of a foreign object in the foot are treated as emergencies, and diabetic patients are instructed to contact our offices immediately for treatment of these areas of difficulty.
It is important to discuss your mobility and footcare problems with your Podiatrist. Your Podiatrist can advise which treatment or professional support is most appropriate to your needs.
Of all of the foot problems our patients can present with, there is little that is more serious to life or limb than a foot complication due to diabetes.
Diabetes can be a serious disease, but with the right care the possibility of complications can be reduced. If you or someone you know has Diabetes insist that they have an assessment from a Podiatrist and follow their advice and preventive care. Most diabetics are used to managing their blood sugar levels and preventing short term complications, however a Podiatrist can assess their risk for those long term complications and develop and prevention plan. Podiatrists have training and can provide the right advice and care for you or your family if dealing with Diabetes.