Diabetes is one of the leading causes of foot complications in the Australian healthcare system. Poorly managed diabetes can lead to reduced blood flow and sensation of the foot and lower limb, and if not managed appropriately can lead to further complications such as diabetic foot ulcers or amputation. As such, establishing a line of communication with your podiatrist and attending a clinic for regular skin and nail care, foot health assessment and patient-centred management is important.
At Be Podiatry, our team understands the importance of regular Diabetic Foot Assessment, and the vital role a podiatrist plays in the overall healthcare team of a person living with diabetes (Type 1 & Type 2). Damage to the blood vessels or the nerves of the foot and lower limb are primary risk factors in establishing a diabetic foot wound, and the risk of amputation and reamputation increases significantly. At Be Podiatry your foot health is important to us, and we value clear and concise communication around reducing the risk of diabetic foot complications.
Factors that increase risk of diabetic complications:
- Diabetes for a long time
- Elevated blood glucose levels
Our team will work in conjunction with your GP, Diabetes Nurse Educator and other Health Professionals to ensure the safe and effective management of your Diabetes, providing assessment, management, maintenance and education.
Factors that should prompt a visit to our team at Be Podiatry if you are living with Diabetes include:
- Long, thickened toenails
- Cracked skin
- Changes in colour of the skin and/or nail