We know that people with Diabetes should have their feet checked and tested at least once per year by a Podiatrist. The Podiatrist will assess your blood flow and nerve function and allocate you a ‘risk status’. High, Moderate or Low Risk. Low Risk Status often means that your blood flow and nerve function are not impaired. Medium-Risk Status means you have some impairment and those High Risk patients generally have peripheral neuropathy and can not feel their feet very well.  If a person has an ulceration on their foot, we refer to The High Risk Foot Clinic at The Canberra Hospital. During your Diabetes Assessment, we will get baseline neurological, vascular and dermatological data so that we can compare your status each year to maintain your risk level. Once you are High Risk, you will always be High Risk which is why it’s vital to see a Podiatrist and learn how to reduce this risk.

Seeing as though it’s National Diabetes Week, we thought we would share some facts about Diabetes.

* 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes.
* Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, un-diagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).
* More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year.
* For every person diagnosed with diabetes, there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Australia.
* Total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia estimated at $14.6 billion
Globally the situation is a bit different and here are some statistics.
* One in 11 adults has diabetes (415 million)
* One in two (46.5 percent) adults with diabetes are undiagnosed
* 12 percent of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes (USD$673 billion)

If you have diabetes and you haven’t had your feet checked by a Podiatrist in the last year (or not ever), speak to your doctor about a health care plan and access the Medicare Rebate for Podiatry.

Written By: Luke Doyle, Podiatrist

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Nicole, Kylie, Darelle, Mel, Lydia, Nell & Luke.

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