Tooronga Podiatry

Podiatry and Diabetes

Podiatry and Diabetes

At Tooronga Podiatry our team have all the equipment and knowledge to help you manage your feet in association with diabetes. We can provide assessment, education and recommendations to help keep you feet as safe as they can be.

How can Diabetes affect your feet?

We understand there is a lot to manage if you have Diabetes- blood sugar levels, medication, healthy food etc. It is easy to forgot to check your feet daily, however, approximately 50% of people with Diabetes have some degree of nerve damage. Although the nerve damage can be anywhere in the body, the lower limbs and feet are most often affected which can result in the loss of feeling and sensation. You may experience numbness, tingling or burning, coldness or an altered sensation in the lower limbs and feet.

Why is this important?

Poor blood sugar levels can reduce the blood supply to the lower limbs and feet, which will slow healing of minor cuts and scrapes. This increases the risk of foot complications

Things to look for

We recommend that people with Diabetes check their feet daily, including the soles of the feet, even if your feet are feeling fine. It can be difficult to check the soles of your feet so we recommend using a mirror or getting someone else to check for you. What to check for:
o   Cuts
o   Blisters
o   Corns
o   Callouses
o   Unusual areas of redness

 

How to keep your feet healthy at home
Listed below are a few daily tips to keep your feet healthy at home. Implementing these tasks will help prevent complications.

  1. Wash your feet daily with warm water (not too hot) and make sure to dry well especially between the toes.
  2. Avoid bare feet where possible, including at home, to minimise the risk cutting the skin or stepping on foreign objects
  3. Cut nails straight across, avoid cutting down the sides of the nail to prevent in-growing toenails. We recommend to get your podiatrist to cut your nails.
  4. Keep the feet moving- exercise including walking is the best way to increase the blood flow down to the feet.

 When to call your podiatrist?

The Podiatrists at Tooronga Podiatry recommend seeing a Podiatrist at least every year for an assessment and checkup. At this appointment we can provide all the appropriate tests to ensure your feet are safe and health, and can provide education where an issue may arise. 

Some useful resources
www.diabetesaustralia.com.au
www.diabetesfeetaustralia.org/

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