Do you suffer with Diabetes?

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a common syndrome in which blood sugar levels are higher than they should be. Blood sugar levels are regulated by the release of the hormone insulin. People who suffer from diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin, or the body is resistant to the effects of insulin.

Diabetics have an increased risk of ulcers and damage to their feet so regular diabetic podiatry is important to overall health and wellbeing. Simple foot problems can escalate very quickly into more serious issues, so it is vital to get any problems checked out immediately.

People with diabetes need to take extra care of their feet and should have them checked by a HPC registered Podiatrist / Chiropodist every 6 to 12 months because of the potential risks.


Do you experience any of the following symptoms?


  • Tingling buzzing sensation in feet often worse at night
  • Muscle pain similar to cramp
  • Red and warm swollen feet
  • Loss of sensation
  • Clawed toes
  • Change in foot shape


Causes

The blood supply to your feet can be affected by the high blood sugar levels. It also means that should you get any cuts or injuries to your feet they can take much longer to heal putting you at a higher risk of getting an infection.

The nerves to your feet can also be affected by the high blood sugar levels. The nerves are what alert you to problems, such as pain, temperature and foot position. If you are unable to feel these things you could encounter problems as you are often not even aware that there is a problem.

Diabetes Assessment

Our Foot Clinics are now introducing Diabetic Foot Assessments. It is essential that all diabetics have regular foot checks carried out to prevent any future foot complications.

What will a Diabetic Foot assessment include?

  1. Carry out a Vascular assessment to check the circulation of the feet.
  2. Carry out a Neurological assessment to check if the sensory nerves are functioning correctly.
  3. Carry out an Autonomic screen test to check if the sweat glands are working correctly.
  4. A Structural assessment will be carried out.
  5. Footwear and Foot care advice will be given.

Following this a future care plan will be discussed and your GP will be informed of the assessment and results.

The assessment will also include a Neuropad Test which is a 10 minute screening test for early detection of diabetic foot problems. It is a non-invasive and painless test.