Diabetes is an Endocrine disease that results in the body having poor control of its blood glucose levels (BGL’s). When our BGL’s are elevated an increase in plaque deposits can occur in the small blood vessels. The foot is full of very small blood vessels so a reduction in blood flow in the foot can occur.
Symptoms of reduced blood flow
Cold feet, poor healing of wounds, poor healing of fractures and painful feet.
The second common effect of elevated BGL is a reduction in function of the sensory nerves of the foot. The lining of the nerve or myelin sheath is directly effected.
Symptoms of reduced nerve function.
Pain in the feet, the feet feeling very cold or very hot, pins and needles or partial or complete numbness.
Understanding these concepts is the reason why attending Bellarine Podiatry for a Diabetic Foot Assessment is essential to detect any changes.
Contact our clinic to book your Diabetic Foot Assessment with one of our highly skilled and experienced Podiatrists.
What to expect at your assessment
- Toe pressure cuff testing
- Hand held mini Doppler Assessment of pedal pulses
- Neurological testing
- Footwear assessment
- Assessment of skin and nails
- Foot posture risk assessment
- Treatment Plan to minimise the risk of complications
- Communication with Diabetes Specialist and Doctor of the findings.