Diabetic foot complications are a major area of special interest for our practice. We have extensive experience and knowledge in this area. Of all of the foot problems our patients can present with, there is little that is more serious to life or limb than a foot complication due to diabetes.
An estimated 275 Australians develop diabetes every day.
- By 2031 it is estimated that 3.3 million Australians will have type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes is a significant cause of death and disability in Australia.
Your podiatrist will look for general foot conditions which may lead to future problems. They will work with you to show you how to monitor your own feet, in between consultations.
In addition to regular checks ups with a podiatrist you should also:
- Know your feet well – wash, dry and check your feet every day. Check for redness, swelling, cuts, pus discharge, splinters or blisters, being especially careful to look between toes, around heels and nail edges and at the soles of the feet. If you have difficulty with your vision get someone to check for you
- Cut your toenails straight across – not into the corners – and gently file any sharp edges. If you can’t properly see or reach your feet to cut your toenails, ask someone to do it for you
- Moisturise your feet daily to avoid dry skin
- Never use over-the-counter corn cures
- Cover your feet with a clean sock or stocking without rough seams
- Don’t wear tight socks or stockings
- Protect your feet in a shoe which fits well – the right length (a thumb width longer than your longest toe), width and depth – and has been checked for stones, pins, buttons or anything else which could cause damage
- Keep your feet away from direct heat such as heaters, hot water bottles and electric blankets
- Get medical advice early if you notice any change or problem.