Victoria

Barwon Heads

1/86 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads VIC 3227
(03) 5254 2668   Practice Details

Geelong

Lifeline Medical Centre, 37 Torquay Rd, Belmont VIC 3216
(03) 5243 6677   Practice Details

Ocean Grove

27 Guthridge St, Ocean Grove VIC 3226
(03) 5256 3642   Practice Details

South Australia

Adelaide Pirie Street

115 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 7221 9110   Practice Details

Adelaide South Terrace

70 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8211 8002   Practice Details

Erindale

362 Kensington Rd Kensington Gardens SA 5068
(08) 7122 5999   Practice Details

Flagstaff Hill

1 Ridgway Drive, Flagstaff Hill SA 5159
(08) 8270 1194   Practice Details

Marion

724 Marion Rd, Marion SA 5043
(08) 8357 4988   Practice Details

North Adelaide

183 Tynte Street North Adelaide SA 5006
(08) 8361 8182   Practice Details

Victor Harbor

PhysioXtra, 63 Victoria Street, Victor Harbor SA 5211
(08) 8429 1810   Practice Details

DiabetesVascular Assessment

Diabetic Foot Assessment

Diabetes is a chronic disease where insulin is no longer produced or no longer produced in sufficient quantities, resulting in elevated blood sugar levels.

This can cause a number of complications in the feet. Damage to the small nerve endings can lead to neuropathy which causes a loss of sensation in the feet so you may be unable to detect injury. You may also experience numbness, tingling or a burning sensation in the feet. Diabetes can also be associated with a reduction in the blood supply to the feet which can cause cramps in the legs. This will delay healing and make people with diabetes more prone to infection following any cut or wounds in the skin.

Podiatry is vital in the management of diabetic foot health and prevention of complications such as ulceration, gangrene and amputation.

Vascular and Neurological assessment is recommended every 6-12 months for early detection of poor circulation and sensation in the feet.

diabetic foot healthNeurological assessment

Small wounds from poor nail cutting techniques, reduced eyesight and inability to reach one’s feet can also have serious ramifications, and therefore foot care is best done by a skilled Podiatrist.

Other Issues

Other issues which require ongoing assessment include:

  • Footwear
  • Hygiene
  • Nail and skin pathology
  • HbA1c monitoring (blood sugar level control)
  • Biomechanics

If you suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes (insulin-resistance), ask your GP if you are eligible to receive Medicare funded Podiatry visits under the EPC scheme. Podiatry can help preserve the health of your feet, to keep you living an active and healthy life.

pre-diabetes

To prevent diabetic foot problems people with diabetes should:

  • Protect their feet from injury
  • Inspect their feet daily
  • Understand foot care and infection prevention
  • Footwear knowledge e.g. adequate shoe style and fit for their feet
  • See a podiatrist immediately if something is not healing or doesn’t look right
  • Have an annual diabetes foot assessment with a podiatrist to determine if their feet are at risk

National Diabetes Health Care Guidelines recommend people with diabetes have their feet checked by a podiatrist at least every 12 months

Diabetes and feetDiabetic Ulcer due to suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy and Peripheral Vascular Disease