Assessment and Management
All people with diabetes should have their feet checked annually. This is important in order to prevent complications of diabetes such as; neuropathy, and reduced circulation, both of which can lead to ulceration and in extreme circumstances, limb loss.
A Diabetic Assessment Consists Of The Following:
- A visual inspection of your feet. This will allow the podiatrist to see the condition of your nails as well as your tissue viability.
- A vascular assessment will determine the quality of blood flow to your feet. This is done by palpating the pulses in your feet, either manually or with ultrasound.
- A neurological assessment will determine the various sensations in your feet such as hot and cold, sharp and blunt, pressure and vibration.
- The results of these assessments can identify indicators of underlying health conditions such as peripheral vascular (blood vessels) and neuropathy (nerve).
- General footcare advice will be offered that will help you in the prevention of diabetic and other foot complications.