Diabetic Foot Care
If you have Diabetes and are on a Medicare Care Plan your treatments are Bulk Billed at UlladullaPodiatry* see terms and conditions.
Contact our clinic today to arrange an appointment to ensure your feet remain in optimum condition and reduce your risk of complications.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body is unable to use it properly. This is because insulin is lacking, or the body’s way of converting glucose into energy is not working properly.
There are two common types of Diabetes:
Type 1: is an auto immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. As a result people with type 1 diabetes can not produce insulin and rely on insulin injections to survive.
Type 2: is the most common type of diabetes, and is usually a result of hereditary factors and lifestyle risk factors including poor diet, insufficient physical activity and being over weight.
How Diabetes can affect your feet
Your feet are supplied with blood to keep them healthy. They also have lots of nerves that act as a communication and warning system. For example if you have a stone in your shoe, the nerves in your foot will send a message to your brain letting you know they are in pain or discomfort. However if your diabetes isn’t managed this can lead to nerve damage.
Nerve damage may mean that you no longer notice a stone in your shoe, due to loss of feeling in your feet. This can result in an injury or wound you can’t feel which could then possibly become an infection.
If you have poor circulation, any injuries, wounds or infections to your feet such as cuts, burns or blisters will take longer to heal. This is due to less blood flowing to your feet to assist in healing any damaged tissue.
If you have Diabetes you will need to take extra care to protect your feet from injury and wounds. Many foot problems in people who have diabetes occur when injuries, wounds & infections go unnoticed and untreated. This can result in serious ulcers and in severe cases, amputation of parts of the foot.
How can you detect changes early?
A yearly check up by a podiatrist will help to detect any changes early, before they become a serious problem. Our podiatrist will examine & monitor your circulation by measuring foot pulses, examine your nerve sensation, pressure sensitivity, vibration and reflexes plus other tests that may be necessary.
How can you prevent problems with your feet?
- Protect your feet from injury by wearing suitable footwear. Where possible wear well fitting lace up shoes which are deep and broad enough for your feet & toes.
- Check the inside of your shoes for rough edges, shake them out before use to make sure there is nothing loose inside that may irritate.
- Cotton hosiery, socks and tights, worn with leather upper shoes are good choices.
- Avoid walking barefoot as much as possible
- Keep your feet clean and dry thoroughly after washing
- Have toenails cut and filed, corns, calluses treated regularly by a podiatrist
- Inspect your feet every day – our podiatrist can show you how. Don’t wait and see, contact us immediately if you notice any changes like pain, swelling, redness or something is not healing.
Remember, with Diabetes…
You may experience nerve damage or altered sensation & numbness in your feet. Cuts, blisters, ingrown toenails and corns may often go unnoticed. Reduced blood supply and poor circulation can slow down the healing process. PROTECT your feet from injury. INSPECT your feet everyday. Have your feet ASSESSED regularly, at least every year by your podiatrist.