Diabetes Foot Care & Assessment
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of complications to the feet. This is due to circulation damage (peripheral vascular disease) and nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Blood flow and nerve related problems can commonly start first in the feet. This is why podiatry is important in the management of your diabetes. However these risks can be minimised with you controlling your blood glucose levels, exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking good care of your feet.
How can a podiatrist help?
- Podiatrists play a vital role in managing your diabetes in a number of ways:
- Diabetes education
- Monitoring your blood circulation and nerve supply
- Providing general treatment care (corns, callous and cutting toenails)
- Footwear advice
- How to provide safe self-care for your feet