Diabetes Foot Care
- Wound care and assessment
- Neuropathy – loss of sensation
- Vascular assessment – blood flow
People with diabetes are more prone to developing foot problems such as neuropathy (loss of nerve function), foot deformities and blood flow issues. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing wounds and ulcers which may lead to amputations. Areas were callus and corns develop can be at a higher risk of ulceration if you have diabetes. It is very important to take care of your feet if you have diabetes and see a podiatrist regularly for check ups and general treatment. Your podiatrist will assess your blood flow and nerves for any abnormalities.
Podiatrists are also trained to assess and manage foot ulcers/wounds. It is very important if you suspect you have a wound or an infection to see your podiatrist immediately for treatment.
- loss of sensation or feeling in you feet due to nerve changes
- early symptoms may be numbness, burning, tingling or pins and needles sensations
- the nerves in your feet don’t send signals to the brain to make you aware you have stepped on something sharp or have caused trauma to your foot
- loss of sensation in your feet can be quite serious and can result in wounds or ulcerations
- wounds or ulcerations can eventuate into amputations being required
The sensation in your feet can be assessed and monitored by your podiatrist with a few simple tests.