Footcare for diabetics

Diabetes affects many parts of the body and successful management requires a team approach. A podiatrist is an integral part of your treatment team.

If you have diabetes you are more at risk of complications due to reduced blood flow and neuropathy. This puts your feet at risk of developing ulcerations or even amputation.

Regular visits to your podiatrist will help manage symptoms and prevent further complications associated with your diabetes.


Diabetes assessment

Diabetes Australia recommends an annual foot health review by a qualified podiatrist.

At Mudgeeraba Podiatry we allocate a 1/2hr appointment for a diabetic foot assessment so we can thoroughly test the circulation and sensation in your feet.

The results will be sent to your GP.  It’s important to compare these results on a 6-12 month basis to monitor if any changes, deterioration or complications need to be addressed.

A standard consultation appointment for general foot care by our qualified podiatrists will also address any corns, callouses, ingrown toenails or pressure areas to help reduce long term complications such as ulcerations and potential limb loss.  We’ll also assess your footwear to ensure you have the correct fitting shoes for your feet.

More information

Diabetes can damage the nervous system in your body by stopping important messages getting to and from your brain. This is called neuropathy.

Neuropathy is more noticeable in the longest nerves in the body, the nerves that reach all the way down to your feet. The onset of neuropathy is gradual and often people who develop this complication are unaware of it at the start.

Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet.  Diabetes may also affect your ability to heal and reduce your natural ability to fight bacteria.

Foot care is particularly important if you are a diabetic as you are more at risk of developing infections and ulcers.

As an integral part of your treatment team, our podiatrist specialises in foot care for diabetics. They will provide treatment for existing conditions and work with you to recommend preventative measures to maintain the health of your feet. If you have diabetes we recommend visiting your podiatrist at least every 6 months.

If you have diabetes your podiatrist will need to conduct a thorough assessment. They may ask questions like:

  • Do you have any discomfort in your feet?
  • How has your diabetes been lately?
  • Do you regularly check your feet for cuts and blisters?
  • Have you ever had a foot ulcer?
  • Do you have any pain in your feet?

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