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How do I look after my feet with diabetes?

November 20, 2019

How do I look after my feet with diabetes? Diabetic Foot Assessment!


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.


Diabetes results in increased blood sugar levels being present in the body. Unfortunately, the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise and for those people who have diabetes, they will know all too well that the disease can be quite complicated. The increased blood sugar levels present due to the diabetes damage the arteries and nerves in the body. This damage commonly occurs in the peripheral arteries and nerves of the feet – if left untreated this can lead to ulceration of the feet in the future.


The risk factors of peripheral neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, foot deformity and poor glycaemic control require assessment in order to determine the risk level for future complications for a diabetic patient.


Annual foot assessments are necessary for all patients with diabetes – these assessments can help determine the neurovascular status of your feet and give you peace of mind. Assessment of risk factors includes assessing for sensation, presence of arterial disease, foot deformity and glycaemic control. These assessments include the use of a doppler which is an ultrasound machine used to listen to the arteries in the feet. The greatest significant risk factor for foot ulceration formation and lower limb amputation is peripheral neuropathy and this is tested thoroughly in a diabetic foot assessment. These assessments are quick and pain-free and are also included in the cost of a consult!


It is recommended that people with diabetes have a foot assessment completed every 12 months (at a minimum). 


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!


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