Diabetes Foot Assessment
Diabetes can affect your feet in a number of ways including:
Reduced nerve sensitivity which leads to unnoticed injuries.
Poor circulation and reduced healing.
Increased risk of infections such as tinea and cellulitis
Increased risk of ulcers and other foot complications.
Symptoms of poor circulation and peripheral neuropathy can include pain/cramps in feet and lower legs, or burning, aching, numbness, tingling, slow nail growth rate, changes to skin and nail texture/colour.
Diabetes Foot Assessments include a doppler ultrasound assessment of the arteries and a review of your toe blood pressure to measure if blood flow is adequate for healing. We will also check your feet’s nerve sensitivity and advise if you have enough protective sensation to avoid injury. Skin quality and footwear is assessed, as well as any other factors that may increase your risk of complications.
Your Diabetes Foot Assessment is conducted every 12 months at a minimum or sooner if required. It's important to have regular checks to identify any changes as soon as possible.