Diabetic Feet

Is 4400 amputations a big enough number to make you think about foot health and diabetes.

Today around 12 people have a diabetes-related amputation. Then tomorrow 12 more amputations.

85% of these amputations are preventable, if alterations are detected early and managed effectively.

How Diabetes can affect your feet

Diabetes is a lifelong condition which can create complications in the feet. Some of these issues can arise due to the nerves and blood vessels supplying the feet becoming damaged.

Is 4400 amputations a big enough number to make you think about foot health and diabetes.

Today around 12 people have a diabetes-related amputation. Then tomorrow 12 more amputations.

85% of these amputations are preventable, if alterations are detected early and managed effectively.

How Diabetes can affect your feet

Diabetes is a lifelong condition which can create complications in the feet. Some of these issues can arise due to the nerves and blood vessels supplying the feet becoming damaged.

Peripheral Neuropathy

The peripheral nervous system is the nerves outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). There are three main types of nerves within the peripheral nervous system:

Signs of peripheral neuropathy

The peripheral nervous system is the nerves outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). There are three main types of nerves within the peripheral nervous system:

Signs of peripheral neuropathy

Complications of peripheral neuropathy

This depends on the underlying cause and which nerves are affected.

Some cases may improve with time if the cause is addressed, whereas for some people the damage may be everlasting.

If the cause isn’t treated, you may be at risk of potentially serious complications, for instance foot ulceration may become infected.

The circulation in your Feet (Peripheral arterial disease)

Signs of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

PAD can lead to Critical limb ischaemia (CLI)

The blood flow to the legs becomes significantly restricted, which can be a serious complication, that can be difficult to treat

PAD can lead to Critical limb ischaemia (CLI)

The blood flow to the legs becomes significantly restricted, which can be a serious complication, that can be difficult to treat

Symptoms of CLI include:

What is looked at it an assessment

The changes to the feet can happen slowly over time, and you may not detect an changes.

At heal and soul podiatry, we recommend people with any form of Diabetes, have their feet assessed on an annual basis or more regularly if advised. This is in-line with the Victorian state guidelines.

Once the assessment is carried out a risk category is allocated. The Podiatrist will then discuss with you, management strategies to help you to maintain good foot health, and reduce the risk of further complications.

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