DIABETIC FOOT EXAMINATION
Diabetes increases the chance of you developing foot problems as the nerve endings and blood supply to the foot may be affected over time. Most diabetic foot complications can be avoided if you look after your feet and have an annual diabetic foot examination to detect any problems early.
What is involved in your Diabetic Foot Examination?
1. Full visual check of the feet to screen for areas of increased pressure which could lead to increased risk of ulceration.
2. Review of the circulation of the feet including palpation of the foot pulses and with the aid of a foot Doppler, an ultrasound type screen of the blood vessels is undertaken to check for any deterioration to the circulation.
3. Review of the nerves of the feet, including screening for pain, light touch and vibration.
4. Any routine podiatry care which is required such as removal of hard skin and trimming of the nails.
5. Finally the podiatrist will give advice to maintain the feet in optimal condition and the recommended frequency of podiatry treatments is discussed and agreed with the patient.