Diabetes assessments are regularly performed at Brindabella Podiatry and the Diabetes Association does recommend a podiatric review every six months. The reason why it is important to have your feet checked when you have diabetes is because it’s common to suffer complications with the vascular (blood) and nerve systems.
We perform an array of neurological assessments to obtain baseline results for future reference. We also perform an ultrasound doppler to listen to the arterial blood flow (circulation) to the feet.
Footwear, skin and nails will be assessed as well as a computerised pressure assessment to make sure there are no abnormal foot pressure areas that may lead to complications.
These problems are more likely to occur if you have had diabetes for a long time, if your blood glucose levels are too high for an extended period, if you smoke or if you are inactive. High cholesterol and high blood pressure also play a part.
A ‘High Risk Foot’ with poor nerve supply and poor circulation can suffer from: Infections and ulcerations which can lead to amputation. Foot deformity and walking difficulties.