Diabetic Foot And Ankle Assessment


Diabetic Foot Assessments at Foot HQ Podiatry in Miranda: Taking Steps Towards Foot Health

Understanding Diabetic Foot Health

For individuals living with diabetes, foot health is of utmost importance. Diabetes can lead to various complications, and one of the most concerning is diabetic foot problems. Nerve damage (neuropathy) and reduced blood flow to the feet (peripheral vascular disease) are common complications that can result in a loss of sensation and poor wound healing. As a result, minor foot issues can quickly escalate into serious infections or ulcers.


The Importance of Diabetic Foot Assessments

Regular diabetic foot assessments are a crucial aspect of diabetic care. These assessments are typically recommended at least once a year for individuals with diabetes, although some may require more frequent assessments based on their condition. A diabetic foot assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a qualified podiatrist, focusing on the health and condition of the feet. The assessment serves several purposes:

  1. Early Detection: Diabetic foot assessments can identify potential issues in their early stages before they become major problems. This proactive approach is vital in preventing complications and serious foot conditions.

  2. Risk Identification: The assessment helps determine the level of risk for foot problems, including the presence of neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease. Understanding an individual's risk allows for targeted prevention strategies.

  3. Personalised Care: Every person's feet are unique, and a diabetic foot assessment allows the podiatrist at Foot HQ Podiatry to tailor care to each individual's specific needs.


What Does a Diabetic Foot Assessment Involve?

A comprehensive diabetic foot assessment typically includes the following components:

  1. Medical History Review: The podiatrist will discuss the individual's diabetes history, any previous foot problems, and general medical history relevant to foot health.

  2. Neurological Examination: Nerve function in the feet will be assessed to check for any loss of sensation (neuropathy).

  3. Vascular Examination: Blood flow to the feet will be evaluated to identify any circulation issues.

  4. Foot Structure and Gait Analysis: The podiatrist will examine the foot structure and assess how the individual walks (gait) to identify any abnormalities.

  5. Skin and Nail Assessment: The condition of the skin and nails will be checked for any signs of infection, calluses, or wounds.

  6. Footwear Evaluation: The podiatrist will review the individual's footwear to ensure it provides adequate support and protection.


Preventing Complications and Promoting Foot Health

Following a diabetic foot assessment, the podiatrist at Foot HQ Podiatry will provide personalised recommendations for foot care. These may include:

  • Education: The podiatrist will educate the individual on proper foot care practices, such as daily foot inspections and nail care.

  • Footwear Advice: Appropriate footwear can significantly reduce the risk of foot complications. The podiatrist may recommend supportive shoes or orthotic inserts.

  • Wound Management: If any wounds or ulcers are detected, the podiatrist will provide wound care and management strategies.

  • Exercise and Foot Exercises: Staying physically active can improve circulation and foot health. The podiatrist may suggest specific foot exercises to maintain foot flexibility and strength.


Taking the Next Step

If you have diabetes, don't wait to prioritise your foot health. Schedule a diabetic foot assessment with our experienced podiatrists at Foot HQ Podiatry to receive personalised care and guidance. We are dedicated to helping you maintain healthy feet and minimise the risk of diabetic foot complications. Your feet carry you through life, and at Foot HQ Podiatry, we're here to support you every step of the way.