Diabetes can affect the feet in many ways, the most common being neurological and circulatory changes. The feet have some of the most distal blood vessels and nerve endings in the body, therefore, any changes can appear in the foot early on. For this reason, diabetics are encouraged to see a Podiatrist for a diabetic foot assessment.
A diabetic foot assessment at Canberra Podiatry will include, but not limited to:
– A doppler ultrasound of the blood vessels in the foot to check circulation.
– Various neurological tests to check sensation and strength.
– A check of skin condition, temperature, and any dermatological problems.
– Joint and foot posture assessment, including visual gait analysis if needed.
– Footwear assessment and check for abnormal wear and suitability.
– Discussion of diabetes and its effects on the foot, and ways to improve foot health.
– A written report and/or summary to your General Practitioner or referring specialist.
A diabetic foot assessment is usually recommended every 12 months.
In addition to this annual check, people with diabetes may require ongoing regular podiatry treatment to prevent serious complications. If needed, your Podiatrist will discuss this with you during your initial consultation.