From July 12 – July 18 is National diabetes week.
Every year, more than 4,400 amputations are carried out as a result of diabetes. We need to do more to reduce the impact of diabetes.
When high blood sugar affects nerves and blood vessels, they lose their ability to function. This leaves the diabetic patient with nerve and blood vessel damage at a higher risk of foot trauma (they can’t feel it) and with a reduced capacity to heal (the blood vessels can’t get blood to the area to heal).
The statistics speak for themselves. Foot problems are 2 times more likely in people with diabetes. 50% of all cases of gangrene are seen in people with diabetes.
At Active Care Podiatry we recommend performing a 6 monthly diabetes screening to help to keep the effect of diabetes on the feet to a minimum.
During this diabetes screening we perform the following tests:
Doppler ultrasound – to check the blood flow in the feet
Micro Vascular assessment – check to see the small blood vessels are healthy
Sensation Testing – this will check to see if the patient is at risk of infection and amputation
At the end of the assessment an overall rating is given to the patient as to their “risk level” for infection and amputation.
Prevention and screening have proven to bet he best methods to deal with diabetic related foot problems.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone that you know has diabetes please arrange an appointment at Active Care Podiatry today on Ph: (07) 3823 5423 to have their feet checked.