Diabetic Foot Care

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Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process glucose. Due to this, it can have serious health implications if not managed carefully by a healthcare professional. If left unmanaged then the elevated glucose levels can cause damage to blood vessels, nerves, eyes, kidneys and feet. However if managed carefully people can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.

In England, there are 3.1million diabetics which account for 1 in every 14 people. Further, it is expected that 850,000 people have diabetes that has not been diagnosed.
Due to the effects of diabetes on the body, it is important that diabetic get their feet checked by a healthcare professional such as a podiatrist or have annual screenings completed at a minimum.

Assessements & Treatments

A visual check for breakage, damage or increased pressure points will be identified to prevent any risk of ulceration

Foot circulation will be checked via palpating the two-foot pulses (dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial artery) and then further with an ultrasound Doppler to check the rhythm of the pulses for adequate blood flow and potential risks.

Testing of nerves to the feet for pain, light touch and vibration to see if there is loss of nerve innervation to the feet

Any routine podiatry that is required such as nail cutting and hard skin/ corn removal

Finally, the podiatrist will give you advice to maintain healthy feet, recommend shoes to buy, creams to use and how often you should come for treatment and assessment.

Common Symptoms

• Diabetic ulceration
• Neuropathy (change to nerve sensation)
• Peripheral vascular disease (damage to blood vessels)
• Athlete’s foot

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