Diabetes can cause damage to the nerves and blood supply to your feet. This is called Peripheral Neuropathy and can cause loss of feeling in your feet. Therefore, should your foot be damaged, 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 increase 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.
Do I need a referral for Diabetic Podiatry?
No, the Diabetic Podiatry care provided here 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.