Diabetic Footcare

Half of all hospital admissions for diabetics are due to foot problems. Long term Diabetes results in degeneration of peripheral nerve endings and blood vessels. Your feet are the furthest point from both your brain and your heart and are therefore the most vulnerable body part to these changes. These changes occur gradually, and your level of risk for developing foot problems needs to be monitored. It is therefore important that all diabetics have at least an annual assessment of their foot risk status by a podiatrist. This assessment will include a basic neurological and vascular assessment of your feet and a close examination of your feet for any areas of deformity that may result in wound formation. Appropriate lifestyle and footwear advice will be given depending on your level of assessed risk. Prevention of complications is the goal of these regular assessment s and advice.

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