Diabetes: Why do you need to worry about your feet?
Diabetes over time and with inappropriate control leads to the deterioration of peripheral nerves and blood vessels in legs and feet. These conditions are referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy (loss of feeling in your feet) and Peripheral Arterial Disease (poor circulation in your legs and feet). If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing these conditions and it is recommended you see a Podiatrist for annual neurological and vascular assessments. By doing this you can stay informed and keep track of your lower limb health.
What to expect
- Assessment of your foot pulses
- Doppler assessment of pedal blood flow
- Testing of your capillary refill time
- Assessment of skin condition and temperature
- Sensory (monofilament) testing
- Vibration sensation testing
- Recording of foot deformities such as bunions and callus
- Risk classification based on your results
Prevention and education are the best way to ensure you keep your feet and lower extremity as healthy as possible if you suffer from diabetes. Book a time to say hello and together we can stay on top of your lower limb health.
- by Kim, the Podiatrist
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