“Every 30 seconds, someone in the world loses their leg to diabetes”
International Diabetes Federation, 2003
Diabetes Australia recommends diabetics see a podiatrist at least annually for a diabetic foot assessment. This will help detect any potential problems. Increased podiatry care is highly recommended for those diabetics assessed as high risk.
The potential effects of diabetes on the feet are often mis-understood or ignored. Diabetes affects the feet in two main ways:
1 Nerve damage, Peripheral Neuropathy where you may experience pins and needles, numbness, burning or loss of feeling,
2 Poor blood supply, Peripheral Vascular Disease which results in reduced blood flow to the feet and lower limb, affecting your body’s ability to heal wounds and fight infections.
Diabetics often suffer from other conditions including heart and vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis and other nerve conditions, all of which can increase your risk of developing foot problems.
We take the time to explain and help you to understand how and why foot complications happen and ways to prevent them from developing. We encourage all our patients with diabetes to adopt a proactive approach, so they can manage their diabetes and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Your consultation will include:
After your diabetic consultation, a full report will be sent to your GP or your referring specialist.
Our podiatrist Fiona Milbank has completed a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management, to become a Podiatrist/Diabetes Educator. So, your diabetic feet will be excellent hands!