Did you know that having diabetes put you at a 25 times increased risk of losing a limb? And in 85% of cases, this amputation could have been prevented? At Pride Podiatry we use state of the art assessment techniques to help you determine your risk level, and work with you to plan how to avoid any complications.
As a person with diabetes, there is a much higher risk of developing Diabetic Neuropathy and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Serious conditions that can have a massive effect on how you want to live your life.
The professional team at Pride Podiatry will perform a diabetic foot examination providing a snapshot of your foot health, and provide a comprehensive management plan for any issues we pick up during the assessment.
Feet require a healthy supply of blood to maintain healthy function and keep them operating at 100%. One of the common side effects is nerve damage in the feet, particularly when diabetes is left to run untreated. This affects the way your body sends signals about the feet to the brain.
If you cannot feel when something is wrong with your feet, you run the risk of damaging them, creating an open wound that you can’t feel that is vulnerable to infection. Diabetes also leads to poor circulation, meaning any injuries sustained to the feet will take longer to heal.
When injuries and infections remain untreated, the limb is susceptible to more serious conditions, and in extreme cases, amputation.
There are several factors taken into account during foot exams for diabetics. You can expect your podiatrist to ask:
Our podiatrists will perform a number of tests that include a physical examination, checking for any changes to the skin of your feet. Reflex and vibration testing to gauge whether there is nerve damage to the feet, and also specialised diagnostic tests to assess blood circulation to the feet.
Our podiatrists at Pride Podiatry are highly trained foot doctors that can assess your feet for any issues related to diabetes, and design a treatment plan to help you manage the health of your feet so you can continue living a whole and fulfilling life.
Call Pride Podiatry now and book your diabetic foot exam today.