Diabetic patients require a comprehensive and thorough medical assessment and management. A significant portion of people suffering from diabetes also suffer from diabetic foot complications that can severely affect their overall health. To address these issues, here at Optimum Foot & Ankle Clinic we conduct full diabetic foot screening that includes assessment of the vascular supply, as well as nerve function and structural assessment. At Optimum Care Foot and Ankle Clinic we are committed to always provide the best management for all patients.
How Diabetes Affects Your Feet
Most people with diabetes also experience problems with their feet. Therefore, adequate foot care is important to avoid any complications. At Optimum Care Foot and Ankle Clinic we go attend regular training and use evidence based treatments to help people maintain healthy feet.
Diabetes poses the following risk problems if care is not taken:
- A reduction in nerve sensitivity which may lead to unnoticed injuries.
- Extension of the healing process due to poor blood circulation.
- Ulcers and foot complications that can lead to amputation.
- Cramps and pain in the lower legs.
- Tingling, burning, and aching.
- Increased risk of other infections like tinea.
Diabetic Foot Care
In addition to regular visits to your podiatrist, the following tips can also help you maintain healthy feet:
- Keep your sugar level within the acceptable range.
- Follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding diet, exercise, and medication.
- Improve circulation by: Exercising regularly. Avoiding tight clothing, Avoid crossing your legs while sitting.
- Keep your feet from extreme temperatures.
- Put on appropriate shoes- wear comfortable shoes. Check the inside of shoes for any causes of discomfort, for example, exposed tacks.
- See a podiatrist for removal of any corns or callus . Avoid plasters or caustic corn cures.
- Use warm water to wash your feet. Pat-dry them well, especially between your toes, and apply a cream or water-based lotion to the heels.
- Cut your nails straight across at the end of the toe. Alternatively, you can file them regularly. Seek podiatric advice if you experience any difficulty when cutting your nails.
- Scratches, blisters, and other forms of injuries should be cleaned using warm, salty water or a mild antiseptic. Cover the wound with a clean dressing. If you notice signs of an infection, for example, heat, swelling, redness, pain and exudate, seek medical attention immediately.
- Wear cotton or woollen socks
- Conduct a daily inspection of your feet. If you notice any abnormal changes, see a podiatrist immediately.
- Contact us on 03 9077 5915 for further assessment and treatment.