Diabetic Foot Check

 

by Emma Readhead BSc (Podiatry) Hons

At our clinics in Garran and Casey, diabetic foot checks are one of the regular appointments we offer and recommend for those diagnosed or at risk of developing diabetes.

Over time high or fluctuating glucose levels from diabetes can cause damage to our nerves and blood supply. The smaller and more vulnerable vessels in our extremities (hands and feet) are more susceptible to these changes and puts an individual with diabetes at a higher risk of complications to their lower limbs.

Diabetes can lead to changes in the blood vessels, which reduces the circulation. This can lead to peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

High blood glucose levels can also cause damage to the nerves, which over time makes it harder for people with diabetes to feel sensation in their feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy.

Without enough blood supply to your feet, you may have problems such as a higher risk of developing wounds, delayed wound healing, cramps, pain in your legs or feet and keeping your feet warm. Without adequate sensation in your feet this will also mean that you may not even know if you have injured yourself and it may give you altered temperature control and unpleasant sensations such as tingling and pain. 

Unfortunately, these changes can occur very slowly over time, and be subtle in the early stages, so we may not even be aware that they have occurred. However, with careful management and a thorough assessment we can help with your foot care and advice at any stage of your diagnosis of diabetes.

At our clinics, we have specialised tools and equipment to perform a thorough assessment of your lower limb. Using the information from this assessment we can provide you detailed advice on your current risk of problems, how to best care for your feet, write a report to your GP and advise on any further testing or referrals you may require.

If you have diabetes and are concerned that you may have a more urgent problem with your feet or are unsure, do not hesitate to seek advice from a medical professional at the earliest opportunity.

If you have any questions about whether a diabetic foot check would be suitable for you or would like further information about diabetes and your foot health don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 6147 5797.

Garran

Location
Located inside Garran Medical Centre, Suite 12, 2 Garran Place, Garran, ACT, 2605
Phone: 02 6147 5797

Office Hours
Monday 8am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am – 5:30pm
Thursday 8am – 5:30pm
Friday 8am – 4pm

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