Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and blood supply to your feet. This is called Peripheral Neuropathy. This can cause loss of feeling in your feet. Therefore should your foot be damaged, then a Diabetic person may not feel the discomfort or pain. With other added foot complications and poor or blood supply the damage to the foot may not heal as quick, and the risk of infection is increased.
It is important that regular foot screenings are is undertaken. The patients foot pulses are checked and that the feeling of light touch and pressure is present on the soles of your feet and toes.
Poor control of the blood sugar levels can increases these risks.
If you have Diabetes you are more at risk of foot ulceration and potentially foot amputation. Currently statistics say that there are 135 amputations a week due to diabetic complications. However if you have regular foot screening, and follow guidelines on how to take care of your feet as a Diabetic, the risks are greatly reduced.
Diabetic Foot Care advice will be given at your appointment to help you.
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Diabetes is a life long condition which can go on to cause changes to the foot. These changes can result in poor blood supply and damage to the nerves. (Peripheral Neuropathy). These changes are not always noticed so it is important to have regular Diabetic foot assessments for these changes.
If you have nerve damage in your feet you may not feel a break in the skin (which could just be a scratch). This could develop into something more serious such as an ulcer. In some cases infections develop and if combined with poor blood supply and other complications can result in an amputation.
The risks are greatly reduced if blood sugar levels are well controlled.
Diabetic Foot Assessment
At your Diabetic Foot Assessment the circulation in your feet is assessed by checking both foot pulses and your nerves are checked by lightly pressing on tips of your toes and soles of your feet.
Low Risk Diabetic Feet are in good condition with normal sensation and circulation. You are advised to have your feet checked every 6-12 months.
High Risk Diabetic Feet have poor circulation, neuropathy or loss of sensation, a foot ulcer or an amputation. If you have corns or calluses, cracked heels or any toe deformities this also increases your risk. You are advised to have your feet checked every 3-6 months.
For more information see our Annual Diabetic Foot Health Check Page.
Do I need a referral for Diabetic Podiatry?
No – our diabetic podiatry is private and does not require a referral from your diabetes specialist, consultant or GP but we can liaise with any doctors or specialists at your request to keep them updated.
To make a Diabetic Podiatry appointment in our Timperley Podiatry clinic you can call 0161 711 0625 or use our online booking system. For home visit enquiries please use our contact form or call us on 0161 711 0625.