Diabetic Foot Care
As a result of high blood sugar levels in Diabetes, damage to the nerves and small blood vessels in the feet can often occur. Consequently circulation in the feet can be decreased, causing changes or sometimes loss in the sensation in your feet (known as neuropathy).
The nerves that control blood vessel diameter and sweating may also become involved in neuropathy and the feet can become red or warm with very dry skin.
Small injuries that sometimes go unnoticed when the feet are less sensitive can be complicated by slow healing when the circulation is decreased and infections or ulcers may result.
When you are diabetic you should always wear appropriate enclosed shoes to protect your feet. Early detection and management of foot problems is achievable if you check your feet daily. Our podiatrists are happy to show you how to best care for your feet and prevent potentially very serious damage.
Patients are often referred to us at Balcatta Podiatry by their GP, so that the Podiatrist can assist in routine foot care, such as reduction of corns and calluses and nail cutting, as well as to assess the sensation and circulation of your feet.
Keeping your blood sugar well controlled is the most important thing you can do for yourself followed by speaking to the podiatrists at Balcatta Podiatry to help you look after your feet.
If you’re living or working in Balcatta, Stirling, Gwellup, Balga and Hamersley give Balcatta Podiatry a call today!