Foot care is particularly important with diabetes
Care of diabetic feet is extremely important to ensure that the patient continues to enjoy mobility and good foot health. The Foot Group’s podiatrists are trained to assess and treat the diabetic foot, monitoring general foot health.
An assessment can anticipate problems
A diabetic assessment of your feet includes:
- Monitoring pulses in your feet
- Assessing areas of increased pressure
- Testing nerves
- Assessing footwear
- Removing excess callus
- Reflex testing
In addition, your podiatrist may use a handheld Doppler ultrasound machine to investigate the blood flow in your feet. This is usually done on your first visit and then biennially to ensure there is no degradation in your vascular supply. Like all ultrasound technology, it is painless and gives your podiatrist a better understanding of your care needs.
Combined, these steps help the practitioner to develop a good understanding of your needs and any risk factors can be discussed with you. Prevention is the key to keeping a diabetic foot in good condition.