Podiatrists have an important role to play in preventing & managing foot complications among people with diabetes. At Dapto Podiatry Clinic we do regular vascular, neurological and diabetes foot assessments on at-risk feet.
Diabetes has many effects on the feet, including:
Nerve damage, resulting in numbness, burning sensations, pain, coldness, pins and needles or tingling while at rest.
Blocked blood vessels or decreased blood flow may result in wounds on the foot not healing in a normal time period.
Weakened bones causing a shift in the foot, which may change the way the foot distributes pressure.
Collapsed joints, especially in the area of the arch.
Callouses and blisters, a person with diabetes may be more vulnerable to these forming.
Ulcers or wounds occur more easily as a result of the breakdown of several layers of skin.
A breakdown of tissue goes all the way to the bone, and secondary bone infection can occur, in some cases resulting in the loss of the foot.