Patients with diabetes can develop foot problems resulting from loss of sensation and/or poor circulation. If you have diabetes it is important that your feet are assessed annually in order to identify signs of change early and prevent problems occurring.
During a diabetic foot assessment a your podiatrist will look at the following:
General health assessment, medication, risk factors, general foot health assessment and ability to care for your own feet.
Circulation: Your podiatrist will feel your foot and leg pulses and listen to them using a doppler. If necessary ankle and toe pressures will be taken.
Neurology: An assessment of your ability to feel light touch, vibration, and differentiate between blunt and sharp sensations in your feet in order to determine if you are able to protect your feet from damage.
Following assessment your podiatrist will be able to give you education and advice specific to you and work with you in a treatment plan to prevent foot problems occurring. With your permission your podiatrist will share this information with your general practitioner.