Diabetes and lower limbs

What is diabetes and how can it affect you?

Diabetes is a lifelong serious health condition in which the body’s levels of blood glucose and the hormone insulin are out of balance. It is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

There are many complications associated with diabetes; particularly if it is poorly managed.

Foot complications are common and account for more hospital admissions than any other diabetic complication.

How diabetes affects the feet?

Under these circumstances, even a minor foot problem of little significance to other people can be hazardous for people with diabetes.

Getting it checked by a podiatrist

The consequences of diabetes manifest slowly over a period of time.

As a result, by the time they have noticed, it is often too late to prevent and the focus of treatment becomes the prevention of ulceration and the subsequent consequences.

Therefore diabetics are advised to have an assessment done by a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot assessment (DFA) consists of checking the:

A DFA will determine if you have already developed diabetes complications in your feet.

DFA is usually done annually for low-risk cases (good sensation and circulation) or more frequently for high-risk cases (signs of neuropathy and/or PVD problems).

Then foot and nail care can be effectively managed to prevent potentially serious complications.