Diabetes care Podiatry
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which sugar uptake from the blood stream is reduced so the blood has high sugar levels for longer. High sugar levels in blood for prolong periods are associated with blood vessel and nerve damage. There are two main types of diabetes Type 1 and Type 2.
How does it affect lower limbs?
- Uncontrolled diabetes causes nerve and blood vessel damage and therefore lower limbs receives less blood.
- Less blood flow to lower limbs means less nutrition and healing agents. As a result, healing takes longer and patient can end up with an ulcer and undesired results.
- Diabetes can cause your joints to be stiffer.
- Diabetic people are more prone to infections.
- Diabetes can cause your skin to dry and be more prone to breaking.
What we can do?
People with diabetes should have regular check-up of their feet by podiatrists. This is important to detect issues early in the stage if any, and prevent ulcers and other complications.
Podiatrist are lower limb specialists that can help you keep your feet in a healthy condition.
- At Norwest Podiatry, we do a full diabetic assessment to check sensation in your feet, the blood flow and any visible issues you may have and address them accordingly.
- We can check your feet and assess any pain you may have in your lower limbs.
- We can assist you with any callous or corns you may have.
- We can assist you with your toe nails and show you proper technique to cut them.
- We can advice you on appropriate footwear.
Do I need a referral?
For a private visit ‘No’ you do not need a referral. However, with Referral from GP or Practice nurse we can see you free of charge under ‘Procare’ for a minimum of three visits a year.
Care for your feet and go through the checklist regularly:
- Manage your diabetes.
- Check your feet every day.
- Wash and dry your feet every day.
- Moisturise your feet every day to keep the skin soft and smooth.
- Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses gently.
- Trim your toenails regularly.
- Wear proper shoes and socks at all times.
- Ensure your feet are Protected from too hot and too cold.
- Enhance blood flow to feet by putting your feet up when sitting.
- Quit or reduce smoking as it constricts blood flow to peripheries.
- Be more physically active.
- Wear good shoes.
- Have regular Podiatry visits.