Podiatry care is recommended for those diagnosed with certain chronic diseases, for example Diabetes and Arthritis, to monitor the effects the condition is having on your feet and legs.
Diabetes Australia recommends diabetics see a podiatrist at least annually for a diabetic foot assessment. This will help to detect any changes early, and stay ahead of potential problems. Increased podiatry care is highly recommended for those diabetics assessed as high risk.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that can result in insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel sensations such as touch, pressure, vibration, pain, position in space and temperature.
Diabetes is one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy. An individual with impaired sensation may incur cuts, corns, blisters, pressure sores or ulcers without realising, which in extreme cases may end up requiring amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot Feet. Prevention of neuropathy should be the primary goal for diabetics as once the nerves are destroyed, sensation rarely improves.
As part of your diabetic foot assessment, we will examine your nerve function and circulation, and check for any functional issues with the way your foot works that might lead to areas of high pressure and injury over time.