Did you know that having diabetes can increase your risk of developing complications in your feet? Diabetes can cause nerve damage called ‘peripheral neuropathy’ or reduce the circulation in your feet which is called ‘peripheral arterial disease’.
Nerve damage may appear as numbness in the toes or feet, or as altered sensation with pain or pressure. These can be explored further with the help of your podiatrist.
Reduced circulation can delay your body’s ability to heal from cuts or sores. And with diabetes this can increase your risk of developing ulcers, which can even lead to amputations. In fact, research shows that type 2 diabetes accounts for over half of non-traumatic amputations.
However your podiatrist is well placed to regularly check for signs and symptoms, and they can help to manage the development of these conditions early on. If you are concerned about your feet call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists, and we can look after your feet and health together.