Diabetes is a condition in which the level of sugar in the blood stream is too high as the body is unable to use it properly. Having diabetes increases the risk of foot complications due to its' affect on the circulatory system and nerves of the lower limb. Small foot problems such as a cut can turn into severe complications. Our diabetic assessments involve testing the feeling and circulation in your feet. Our podiatrist will also provide you with advice on how to maintain good foot health in between visits. Yearly diabetic assessments and regular general treatments are recommended for all diabetic patients.
Peripheral nephropathy is damage to the nerves in the extremities i.e. hands and feet. It can cause numbness, tingling and loss of sensation. This loss of feeling places diabetics at an increased risk for ulcerations and amputations. Early diagnosis can improve quality of life and reduce risks of complications.
Poor circulation is due to the narrowing of artery walls in response to high sugar levels. It will manifest as leg cramps or pain when walking short distances, improved by rest. Left untreated, small wounds will not be able to heal, increasing the risk for ulceration and amputation.