Diabetes Education & Foot Care
The increased blood glucose levels in those with Diabetes can often lead to damage of the small blood vessels and nerves in the feet. This can result in impaired circulation and some decrease or change in the sensation of your feet. This decrease or change in sensation is known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral nueropathy causes your feet to become less sensitive to pressure, friction, pain and temperature. The nerves that control sweating and blood vessel diameter can also be affected. This causes the feet to become warm and red or the skin to become dry
Small injuries such as cuts or splinters can go unnoticed when your feet are less sensitive. This can be further complicated by slow healing from decreased circulation resulting in infection or even ulcers!
Looking after your feet is very important when you have diabetes. You should wear well fitting, supportive, enclosed shoes to protect your feet. Checking your feet daily for early detection of problems such as hard skin, dryness or undetected lesions should become part of your daily routine.
Doctors will often refer patients to us at Jandakot Podiatry so that the Podiatrist can assess the nerves and blood vessels in the feet, to assist in routine foot care including nail cutting and reduction of corns and callouses.
Most importantly, you should keep your blood sugar levels controlled and speak to the Podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry to learn how we can work with you to help keep your diabetic feet healthy.
For further information on diabetes and your feet please call one of our friendly podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry who will be happy to help. We look after all those living or working in South Lake, Beeliar, Jandakot, Cockburn.