Diabetic Assessment

How does Diabetes affect feet?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which can have a number of debilitating effects. The health of blood vessels can be compromised and nerve function may be lost. In many instances people with diabetes develop a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. This results in a loss of sensation in the feet making it difficult or impossible to feel the pain of an injury which if left unattended, may become infected. When combined with skin that has become less elastic and has a compromised blood flow, the consequences are often very serious. The good news is that with the proper care, many of these complications are avoidable. At Hills District Podiatry we conduct annual assessments for all of our patients with diabetes.

What do we do in a Diabetes annual assessment and why is it so important?

Diabetes annual assessment consist of a visual inspection assessment, a doppler ultrasound to assess the vascular component of the lower limb and a neurological assessment using a variety of methods.. We will also educate you on taking care of your feet and if there are any issues how to address accordingly. Our podiatrists carry out diabetic foot assessments on a regular basis, using various diagnostic tools such as ultrasound to detect issues before they get out of hand.

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