Diabetic Foot Assessments: Safeguarding Your Health
Living with diabetes requires careful management and attention to various aspects of health, particularly foot care. At Happy Feet Podiatry, we specialise in diabetic foot assessments, a critical service for preventing complications that can arise from this condition.
Why Are Diabetic Foot Assessments Vital?
Diabetes can lead to a range of foot problems, often because of two complications: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation. Neuropathy can cause a loss of feeling in your feet, which means foot injuries can go unnoticed and lead to serious infections. Poor circulation can also make it harder for your foot to heal if you do get a sore or infection.
By conducting regular foot assessments, potential problems can be identified early, increasing the chance of successful treatment and reducing the risk of complications that can lead to hospitalisation or surgery, including the risk of amputation.
What is Involved in a Diabetic Foot Assessment?
Our comprehensive diabetic foot assessments involve several key components:
We test the sensations in your feet to check for neuropathy. This is done through simple procedures such as the monofilament test, which assesses touch and pressure sensation.
We evaluate the blood flow to your feet to identify any circulation issues. This includes palpating foot pulses and using a Doppler ultrasound device. We also test Toe Pressure and Brachial pressure to determine if there is any hardening or narrowing of the arteries.
We will examine the skin on your feet for signs of cracks, calluses, or infections such as fungus that may be more common among individuals with diabetes.
We assess the structure of your feet, looking for deformities such as bunions or hammertoes that can lead to complications.
We evaluate your footwear to ensure it is appropriate for your feet and does not cause pressure points or contribute to the risk of skin breakdown.
Education and Advice
We provide you with personalised advice on daily foot care practices to help you manage your foot health effectively.
If any issues are identified, we’ll discuss a treatment plan with you, which may include referrals to other health professionals, or other necessary interventions.
The Happy Feet Podiatry Difference
Our approach to diabetic foot care is holistic and patient-centered. We understand that every individual’s needs are unique, and we tailor our assessments and treatment plans accordingly. Early detection and treatment are key to maintaining your mobility and quality of life.