Did you know that the World Health Organisation reports that over 400 million people are living with diabetes worldwide as of 2015. Of these 400 million people, 90% have type II diabetes.
Being diagnosed with diabetes means you have too much sugar circulating in your blood. Which, in turn, is not being taken up by the cells that need it. This can be due to a lack of insulin production, or faulty insulin. The increased blood sugar levels present can damage the arteries and nerves in the body. This damage commonly occurs in the peripheral arteries and nerves of the feet. If left untreated Peripheral Neuropathy can lead to ulceration of the feet.
These assessments include the use of a Doppler which is an ultrasound machine used to listen to the arteries in the feet. Doppler ultrasound which can provide an audible sound and visual printout of the waveforms showing regularity, strength and volume of blood flow in the feet.
Assessments performed by your Podiatrist are basic, non-invasive tests that are then forwarded onto your GP. Your GP may then decide to refer you on for further assessment and/or intervention with a vascular specialist, neurologist etc.
You may also be eligible for a Chronic Disease Management plan. This would entitle you to up to five bulk-billed Podiatry appointments in a calendar year at our clinic. If this is the case, your GP will arrange the paperwork to be sent to our clinic, usually via fax at 9894 0242.
If you think you could benefit from a Diabetes Assessment conducted by one of our Podiatrists, give us a call on 03 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.
By identifying people at risk of foot problems and managing the risk factors, lower extremity amputations and foot ulcers can be prevented. If you have been putting off getting your feet checked now is the time!