Diabetes Foot Care in Melbourne

The podiatrists at our Melbourne podiatry clinic are experts in diabetic foot care. Diabetes can have a number of important effects on the feet making the feet high risk in compromised diabetic patients. Prevention is the best cure when it comes to caring for your feet with diabetes and regular podiatry visits are essential. Our friendly Melbourne podiatrists are here to help and will make sure you get the best foot care to help prevent diabetic complications.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a complex condition where the body no longer produces or produces insufficient quantities of insulin, resulting in increased sugar (glucose) levels in the blood stream. This can have a number of adverse effects on the feet and it is why preventative foot care is important for all patients who suffer from diabetes. There are two types of diabetes:

TYPE 1 DIABETES – occurs in people where the pancreas fails to produce any insulin.

TYPE 2 DIABETES – is the most common form and occurs when the pancreas can still produce insulin but it does not produce enough or it is ineffective.

It doesn’t matter if you suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes it is still vitally important you see one of our Melbourne podiatrists as your feet may be at risk.

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Why is it important that diabetics see a podiatrist?

It is important that all patients diagnosed with diabetes see a podiatrist. Diabetics are more at risk of foot problems because of the following potential complications with diabetes:

Damage to the nerves in the feet (neuropathy)

Neuropathy can result from poor blood glucose control and damage to the nerves in your feet. This causes a loss of protective sensation meaning your feet may be unable to detect injury. For example you may not be aware of an ulcer on the bottom of your foot as you do not feel any pain. This can then lead to more serious foot complications like infection or even amputation if not treated. Symptoms of neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, pins and needles or a burning sensation in the feet.

Damage to the blood vessels that supply the feet

Poor blood glucose control may cause a reduction in the blood supply to the feet. Poor circulation delays healing and makes people with diabetes more susceptible to infection following any cut or wound to the foot. Symptoms of poor blood supply may include cold feet, cramps and pain.

If you have diabetes it is important to see one of our podiatrists at our Melbourne clinic for preventative foot care. Diabetics who have nerve damage, poor circulation, and neglect their feet are at high risk of developing more serious foot problems like ulcers, infections and even amputation.

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How often should I see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

People who suffer from diabetes should see a podiatrist as soon as they are diagnosed. An initial diabetes foot check will help determine how often you should visit a podiatrist for diabetic foot care and prevention of diabetic foot problems. Remember your feet are more at risk with diabetes and prevention is the best cure, making a podiatrist an integral member of your diabetes health care.

National Diabetes Health Care Guidelines recommend people with diabetes have their feet checked by a podiatrist at least every 12 months.

Don’t neglect your feet get a diabetes foot check

A diabetes foot check with one of our podiatrists takes only 30 minutes and is performed at our Melbourne foot clinic. It involves a thorough assessment of your diabetic feet and formulation of a preventative treatment plan. The foot check involves testing your sensation and circulation status as well as looking for other potential risk factors.

Firstly our podiatrists will assess your foot sensation and see if your feet still have enough “protective” sensation to detect injury.

Secondly our podiatrists will check your foot arteries and circulation using a Doppler. The Doppler gives an audible signal of how strong the blood flow is through your arteries as well as printing out a waveform showing peak blood flow. The results of these tests will tell our podiatrists if your diabetic feet are classified low risk or high risk.

Following these tests our podiatrists will also thoroughly check the rest of your feet to look for any other potential foot risk factors or pressure areas. A preventative diabetes treatment plan will then be formulated based on your risk and our podiatrists will let you know how often you should return for regular diabetic foot care.

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Prevention of diabetic foot problems

Having diabetes can increase your risk of foot problems. Prevention is vital to help prevent more serious foot problems like ulceration, infection and amputation from occurring. If you suffer from diabetes then you should look after your feet by doing the following:

  • Inspect your feet daily for any visual signs of problems.
  • Protect your feet from injury. This includes good fitting footwear.
  • Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists immediately if something doesn’t look right.
  • Have an annual diabetes foot check with one of our podiatrists to determine if your feet are at risk.
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Diabetes and orthotics

Diabetes orthotics Melbourne

A major problem with diabetic feet can be foot ulcers. These are caused by excess pressure on a bony area of the foot and diabetics with reduced sensation and circulation will be more at risk. Pressure ulcers left untreated can progress to more serious problems like infection and even amputation. Foot orthotics can help diabetic feet by helping to reduce excess pressure areas.

Orthotics improve foot function and help redistribute load cross the whole of the foot. Our podiatrists are experienced in orthotics and diabetes feet. They can help identify pressure areas on your feet that may be at risk. Prescription of well-designed custom orthotics with specific padding can be used to help prevent ulceration and further diabetic complications. At our Melbourne clinic all custom orthotics are prescribed with our 100% comfort guarantee.

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Don’t neglect your feet with diabetes

All of our friendly podiatrists at our Melbourne podiatry clinic are trained and experienced in dealing with diabetes and feet. Regular podiatry treatment is important with diabetes and can help prevent diabetic foot complications.

As well as diabetic foot care our podiatrists also treat senior’s feet, children’s foot problems and sports injuries. To make an appointment with a diabetes podiatrist, children’s podiatrist or sports podiatrist, contact us today.