Regular foot checks and diabetes assessments are essential for people with diabetes.
In Australia the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically over the past two decades and continues to rise, with a current prevalence of approximately 7%. This translates to an ever-increasing population of people who are at risk of developing foot complications. It is estimated that 15% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime.
Peripheral neuropathy, foot deformity, external trauma, peripheral arterial disease and peripheral oedema are all common causes of foot ulceration.
Preventing foot complications begins with identifying those at risk. The risk of foot ulceration and amputation is increased in patients with the following risk factors:
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Peripheral Arterial Disease
• Foot Deformity
At Happy Feet Podiatry we assess all of our patients with diabetes and stratify their risk of developing foot complications. We assess their risk stratification by testing the integrity of the nerves supplying the feet and the quality of blood flow to the feet. We utilise the most up to date techniques and testing procedures.
Reports will be sent to your doctor to ensure everyone involved in the management of your diabetes has a clear picture of your foot health.
Diabetes can have severe consequences to the foot and lower limb, ensure your foot health through regular monitoring and maintenance with a diabetic foot assessment.