Diabetes and Your Feet

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’ve probably been told how important it is for you to take care of your feet.

Along with your eyes and your kidneys, your feet are one of the most susceptible parts of your body to the effects of diabetes.

Poorly controlled blood sugar levels over time can damage important nerves that sense danger, and can damage blood vessels which carry oxygen and nutrients to your tissues.

The worst problems in diabetic feet tend to be ulcers that won’t heal and get infected. This can lead to partial or full amputation if we can’t get the infection under control and the ulcer to heal.

These problems mainly occur in people with poor protective sensation and poor blood flow for healing.

The photo to the right shows a podiatrist measuring the blood flow in the toe using a high tech piece of equipment called a PPG (photoplethysmography).

We are one of the few practices who have this equipment, it is great at measuring flow in the tiniest of arteries.

A neuropathic ulcer on the bottom of the ball of a foot.
A podiatrist is performing a test of a patient's blood flow

Assessment

At your first appointment we will assess:

  • Blood flow using Doppler and PPG,
  • Sensation – using vibration and a monofilament to make sure that your protective sensation is intact,
  • Skin – we check for any sores or cracks and for any potential ulcer sites,
  • Footwear – we make sure that your footwear is appropriate and that it doesn’t have any rub areas which could cause a problem,
If all results are good, we should assess you every 12 months. If there are some issues your podiatrist will let you an appropriate time for review.

Listening To Your Unique Story

How do we know which treatment plan will be right for you?

Because we take the time to listen.

Everybody’s journey with Diabetes is different, so we want to know as much about what has been happening in your case as possible.

This helps us to work out a plan, hand in hand with you, to ensure that your feet stay as healthy as possible for the rest of your life.

You can book an appointment by calling 3351 8878 or by clicking the button below to book online.

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