Diabetic Risk Assessment and Circulation

Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent, and affecting a wider range of people in society. One of the many side effects of diabetes can be serious foot problem in sufferers.  Annual podiatric diabetic risk assessments are recommended for diabetic patients to monitor, treat and prevent diabetes related foot complications.

Peripheral Neuropathy, which can manifest itself as numbness, pain, tingling, or loss of sensitivity, can be an indication of nerve damage.  This is commonly seen in diabetic patients and typically gets progressively worse over time. Regular diabetic foot assessments take measurements of this condition, to help the patient to manage and understand the progression. Other associated treatments may be required, for example a loss of feeling, may result in wounds developing and going unnoticed. Podiatrists use devices to “offload” weight, or pressure to aid the healing process.

Peripheral vascular disease, is another common condition in diabetic patients.  Restricted or damaged blood vessels reduce the circulation of blood to extremities such as the lower legs and feet.  A lack of blood flow in the body is called “Ischaemia”, where the tissue is ultimately being starved of oxygen. In the legs and feet, symptoms can include pain, cramping when exercising, coldness, and trouble with wounds healing.  In addition to diabetes, smoking, obesity, lack of exercise are all contributing risk factors for ischeamia.

As part of a complete and healthy diabetic care management program, you’re GP will work closely with other specialists, including podiatrists.  If you are currently being treated for diabetes, or any of these issues, ask your doctor for a referral to Bull Creek Podiatry, or contact us here for more information.