People with diabetes, due to poor circulation and reduced sensation in the feet, are more likely to be admitted into hospital with a foot complaint than with any other complication - so annual diabetes assessments are essential.
As part of our Diabetes Assessment of diabetic individuals, we use Doppler Ultrasound to listen to the blood supply in the foot. A neurological assessment is also performed in order to determine the degree (if any) and rate of progression of sensory neuropathy (loss of protective-sensation). We offer annual diabetic assessment as well as visits between for general footcare. A copy of the neurovascular assessment results will be sent to the individual's GP to be held within their records.
Foot Care Advice for People with Diabetes
Look for colour changes or damage to the skin. If you see anything unusual or have a cut, scratch, contact your Podiatrist or GP, especially if it’s not healing.
Remember, diabetes may affect your ability to heal and reduce your natural ability to fight bacteria. Consequently, you should run water over the wound,dry the skin around the wound (but no the wound itself) and apply a sterile dressing before consulting your Podiatrist or GP.
If you have lost feeling in your feet (diagnosed as Neuropathy), it is possible that you may unknowingly damage them by standing on a sharp object and piercing the skin without realising.
Wear shoes that do not mark the skin or cause irritation and blisters. When buying new shoes, get your feet measured. If you feel you need a smaller size shoe because your existing size begins to feel loose, see your Podiatrist as this may be an early sign of loss of feeling in your feet.
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