According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. It’s a very serious and complex medical condition, which can affect the whole body — and the feet are not exempt!
Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes commonly experience no—or very subtle—symptoms initially, which leads to delayed diagnosis. As a result, diabetes complications may have already developed before treatment starts. This is a big part of the reason why the total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated to be a whopping $14.6 billion. More importantly, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy.
Your podiatrist will ask you some questions about symptoms associated with diabetes foot complications. They will then look at your legs and feet to see if there are any signs of complications, and use state-of-the-art equipment to determine whether your blood flow and sensation are adequate.
Your feet will be examined for accidents waiting to happen. Examples include an ingrown big toenail, a corn on your little toe or a bunion that’s gradually increasing in size and starting to show signs of shoe irritation. Your podiatrist will also make sure your socks and shoes fit properly.
After completing a diabetes foot assessment, your podiatrist will let you know your diabetes foot complications risk status. Hopefully, this is very low. If there are any concerns, your podiatrist will implement an individualised plan of attack to give you the best possible chance of keeping your feet in tip-top shape. Last but not least, your podiatrist will send a letter to your doctor that summarises your diabetes foot assessment results and management plan moving forward.
Here at Charlestown Podiatry Clinic, we have the skills and experience to treat patients with all types of podiatry requirements. Our clients range from children to the elderly and everyone else in between. We treat athletes’ injuries from the elite to social levels and have developed quite a reputation amongst the sporting community.