Diabetic Foot Care

Checking blood flow during a diabetes foot assessment

At Momentum Podiatry, we know the challenges faced by people managing diabetes. Foot care is paramount in diabetes management, as the condition can significantly impact the health of your feet.

Conducting a diabetes foot assessment and testing nerve sensation

Frequently Asked Questions

Diabetes mellitus is a condition that occurs from having too much glucose in the blood due to the body’s inability to produce or use insulin properly.

Poor blood glucose control (diabetes) can lead to damaged nerves (neuropathy) in the feet. This can mean reduced or altered sensation, which means you may not be able to detect injuries or any changes to your feet. For instance, it’s not uncommon for people with long term diabetes and poor foot management to not notice the development of foot ulcers which, left untreated, develop into much more severe issues. Diabetes can affect all parts of the body, including your feet, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if you notice anything unusual or just want a check-up for peace of mind.

For people managing diabetes, it’s crucial to consult a podiatrist as soon as you are diagnosed. An initial diabetes foot assessment is essential to establish how often you should receive diabetic foot care. Considering the heightened risk of foot issues associated with diabetes, proactive care is essential, making a podiatrist a vital component of your diabetes management team.

As a guide, the National Diabetes Healthcare Guidelines states that individuals with diabetes are advised to undergo comprehensive foot examinations conducted by a podiatrist at least once every 12 months.

Our diabetic foot assessments are designed to provide comprehensive care, education and support to ensure that your feet stay as healthy as possible and avoid the serious damage that diabetes can cause. Diabetes can have a debilitating effect on your feet, damaging nerves and impacting blood circulation. Preventative treatment by a podiatrist is the best way to protect them.

What does diabetic foot care involve?

When you come to us, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive plan that typically involves treatment, prevention and education.

Comprehensive Foot Assessments: We conduct thorough foot assessments to evaluate circulation, sensation, skin integrity and foot structure. These assessments help us identify any potential issues early on and develop a personalised care plan tailored to your needs.

Customised Treatment Plans: Every person with diabetes has unique foot care needs. We create customised treatment plans that may include diabetic foot exams, wound care, nail care, orthotic therapy and footwear recommendations to address specific concerns and promote optimal foot health.

Education and Prevention: Education is key to preventing diabetic foot complications. We provide valuable information on foot care, proper footwear, self-examination techniques and risk factors to empower you to take control of your foot health and reduce the risk of complications.

Collaborative Care: Depending on your circumstances, we’ll work closely with your primary care physician and other healthcare providers to ensure the best management of your diabetes. Collaboration is essential for addressing all aspects of your health and achieving the best possible outcomes.

 

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