Diabetes & Foot Health
How does Diabetes affect my feet?
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. A poor circulation can delay healing and increase your risks of infection. If left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration.
Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don’t know it is there. Also, where there is a lack of sensation pressure ulcers can form which can become infected.
What can a podiatrist do for you in clinic?
It is beneficial to be checked, at least annually, to detect the presence of problems with circulation or nerve supply. Annual review allows for the identification of, and monitoring of, any changes in an individual’s foot risk -status.
Our team at The Hartland Podiatry Clinic offers a Diabetic Foot Assessment. Our Podiatrists have the specialist skills to examine and assess Vascular and Neurological Status.
We can provide GP’s with reports and treat where required.