Diabetic Feet

What is 'Diabetic Foot / Diabetic Feet?' 
Diabetic foot is a name given to the condition most commonly experienced by people with diabetes. 
An early sign of diabetic foot / diabetic feet is when a person displays an unusual manner of walking.
In patients with this condition, even minor trauma can create ulceration (a break in the skin) on the foot.  It can occur in people with both Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
What Are The Symptoms of  Diabetic Feet?
  • a loss of feeling
  • numbness or tingling sensation
  • blisters or other wounds without pain
  • skin discolouration and temperature changes
  • red streaks
  • wounds with or without drainage
  • painful tingling
  • staining on socks
When To See A Podiatrist?
People who have diabetes should see their medical doctor regularly (annual check-ups) as part of their care.  Your doctor can assist your care for podiatry treatment by utilising an Enhanced Care Plan (EPC) or otherwise known as Chronic Disease Management (CDM).  Riverton Podiatry accepts these referrals.
However, anyone who notices any of the following changes should seek podiatry care:
  • changes in skin colour on the foot
  • swelling in the foot or ankle
  • temperature changes in the feet
  • persistent sores on the feet
  • pain or tingling in the feet or ankles
  • ingrown toenail / ingrown toenails
  • athletes foot or other fungal infections of the feet (fungal nail)
  • dry, cracked skin on the heels
  • signs of infection
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Diabetic foot care
Preventing foot problems is essential for people who have diabetes.  Keeping feet healthy is critical, and a person should be vigilant about foot hygiene.  Taking these simple steps may assist:
  • Check the feet each day: Examine the feet daily, or ask someone to check for any changes or injuries.
  • Wash the feet daily: Keep the feet clean to prevent infections.
  • Wear supportive shoes and socks:  Protect the feet in socks and shoes at all times.  Riverton Podiatry may recommend special shoes to help prevent deformities.  Do not apply socks so tightly that they restrict blood flow. 
  • Promote blood flow to the feet: Put the feet up when sitting, wiggle the toes periodically, and get enough exercise.
  • Trim nails carefully: Trim toenails straight across and keep them short.  Rounded nails can grow inward, creating ingrown toenails which may lead to infection.
  • Care for corns and bunions: Treat corns and bunions carefully.  Never shave corns, as this increases the risk of infection.
  • Protect feet from extreme temperatures: Exposure to extreme hot and cold can damage the feet of people with diabetes.
  • Receive regular examinations on the feetRiverton Podiatry recommends regular examinations to prevent some of the above mentioned risk factors.  Approximately 8 to 12 weeks is a common period of time recommended.
  • Control blood sugars: Uncontrolled blood sugars increase the risk of podiatric complications from diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking: Smoking adversely affects blood flow to the tissues, which can make foot problems worse in people with diabetes.
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