Podiatrists play a significant role in the management of a person with Diabetes. When someone has diabetes, their body can’t maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a form of sugar which is the main source of energy for our bodies. Unhealthy levels of glucose in the blood can lead to long term and short term health complications.
Diabetes can affect the feet in a multitude of ways. The feet will show the first signs of any diabetes related complications especially relating to the circulation, nerve supply and the general health status of the lower limbs.
The Podiatrists at Foot & Sole Podiatry are skilled in providing quality diabetic foot assessments whereby they can perform several non-invasive vascular and neurological tests to determine the presence of any risk factors.
A full Diabetes foot screening involves a thorough vascular assessment of the feet by checking the circulation and assessing the blood flow using a Doppler ultrasound and testing the sensation of the feet to assess for nerve damage. The Podiatrist will also assess the foot structure, and nail and skin of the feet to ensure there aren’t any risk factors that can cause foot complications.
It is important that anyone that has Diabetes have their feet reviewed and assessed at least once a year. In conjunction with a thorough nerve and circulation assessment, the Podiatrist will provide a general treatment of the nails and skin on the feet and provide Diabetes education on foot protection, appropriate footwear, and how to provide safe self- care for your feet.
People with Diabetes may be eligible to receive Medicare rebated Podiatry services under the Enhanced Primary Care plan. If you speak to your General Practitioner, then they may be able to assist you in providing a care plan so this service can be provided to you.