Diabetic Foot Assessment?
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If you are Diabetic and have not seen a podiatrist, we would encourage you to book an appointment to have them checked over. They are equally as important as your eyes and teeth, which we all get regularly tested.
Do you need a Diabetic Assessment?
Here at Gosforth Physio & Wellness we have highly qualified experts who can provide a comprehensive diabetic foot assessment for you.
Everybody needs to look after and care for their feet – and this is even more important if you have diabetes.
The assessment includes thorough checks on your nerves and blood supply as well as checks on the shape and condition of your feet.
How diabetes can affect your feet
With diabetes, your body can’t control the levels of glucose in your blood, and there are two main ways this can affect your feet: circulation problems and nerve damage.
Poor glucose control can affect the circulation in your feet. What happens is that the arteries supplying blood to your feet get narrower; if your feet don’t get a good blood supply, cuts and sores don’t heal very well, and you may also get cramps and pain.
High glucose levels can also damage the nerves in your feet and legs. Damage often happens gradually so you can do harm to your feet, sometimes without even knowing it. In some cases, you might not feel pain from a cut, sore or blister. Because you feel no pain, these can become highly infected if neglected.
Check your feet daily for any problems – and visit your chiropodist, who will check your nerves and circulation and provide you with foot care and advice.
When living with Diabetes you may be aware that you have to take special care and attention to your body, such as regular eye, dental, and now feet checks.
With Diabetes there is a chance that you can develop nerve damage (Neuropathy). It is typically caused by poorly controlled blood sugar levels, or from having your condition for many years. This is why it is essential that you know if the nerves in your feet are functioning correctly and that you are aware if any injury occurs.
The vascular supply to the feet can become restricted, leading to poor wound healing rates and in extreme examples can lead to the loss of toes or foot. Thankfully this is uncommon, but we recommend you know your diabetic risk status by getting your feet checked by our podiatrist.
In many most instances you will only need to have a Diabetic Foot Assessment once every 12 months. At your appointment your podiatrist will help teach you more on how to care for your feet and avoid injuries.
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