What is it?
Having diabetes can create potential complications, such as Diabetic Neuropathy (loss of sensation), foot pain, ulcers and infection.
What is the Cause?
Diabetes affects the vascular (blood system) and nerve system which in turn affects various parts of the body, including the feet.
The most important aspect of diabetic foot care is prevention of further complications, such as wounds and infections, which can in turn lead to more serious complications such as amputations. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist can help educate the patient about proper foot care, and help to monitor the condition of the feet, in order to prevent potential complications .
A diabetic patient must ensure that feet are cleaned and dried thoroughly every day. A daily inspection of the feet and toes is essential, in order to identify any changes or concerns. It is also important to examine footwear for anything that might cut the feet or cause excessive pressure. A Chiropodist or Podiatrist will recommend an annual assessment of the feet, and can determine if more frequent care is needed.
The patient is advised to work closely with their healthcare team to monitor their diabetes and related conditions and see a Chiropodist or Podiatrist in regular intervals to monitor the vascular (blood) and neurological (nerve) health of their feet.