Posted: 15th June 2020
Posted in: Podiatry
Diabetes is a very common condition affecting approximately one in twenty Australians and is ranked seventh in the leading cause of mortality and disease burden in Australia1,2. Considered a chronic disease, diabetes, alters the way in which the body processes blood glucose, causing high blood glucose or “sugars”. In those with poorly controlled or undiagnosed diabetes, the increased amounts of blood glucose can adversely affect many parts of the body and can be the secondary causes of blindness, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and lower limb amputations, it is a condition that often requires management from several different practitioners.
Foot problems are a common problem with people who have been diagnosed with diabetes for a long time or have had poorly managed blood glucose levels for an extended period. Nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the feet are the primary complications that require monitoring.
Diabetic neuropathy most often affects the legs and feet and occurs when the nerves are damaged this can cause some altered sensations such as:
Diabetes is also a risk factor for Peripheral Arterial Disease which restricts the amount of blood flow in your legs and feet. When your feet are not receiving an adequate blood supply, the skin becomes fragile and will also result in poor wound healing.
Some symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease include:
Both neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease can increase the risk of developing foot ulcers, infections or amputations. Anyone with diabetes or displaying any of the symptoms mentioned above should regularly see a podiatrist for ongoing assessment, this will allow for early detection and monitoring of any complications. Our friendly podiatrists are equipped with a doppler ultrasound machine to assess artery health in the feet and tools to detect sensation.
Things that you should look out for include:
If you or your friends and family are suffering from diabetes give us a call at Gen Physio, we have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing the lives of our clients. All of our clinicians are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination. Give us a call on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.
Article written by Daisy Do
Podiatrist – Brisbane
Daisy is interested in all aspects of lower limb conditions. Her primary interest lies in the treatment, monitoring and maintenance of foot related complications related to Diabetes and other systemic diseases.
Her previous training and volunteer activities have provided Daisy with the opportunity to work with many different types of clients, including special needs children, athletes and high risk populations.
Learn more about Daisy here.