Diabetes – Armadale
Diabetes has numerous complications that affect the foot and should be monitored annually by a podiatrist. The two most common is neuropathy, which causes the foot to lose all sensation, increasing the risk of injury. Another common complication is peripheral vascular disease when the amount of blood flow coming into the foot is reduced. This dramatically reduces foot health as it doesn’t receive the oxygen and nutrients it requires. Furthermore it increases healing time of wounds and increases the risk of infection. Unfortunately diabetes is still the leading cause of lower leg and foot amputation in Australia. Therefore it is important for people with diabetes to get an annual foot assessment to screen for diabetic changes and receive advice on how best to care for their feet.