Diabetic Foot Assessment

Podiatrist taking pulse of foot with a doppler

If you have diabetes, looking after your feet is particularly important. Yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management.
Podiatrists are experts in diabetic foot assessment and providing advice and therapy to help those with diabetes manage their foot care.

Why Podiatry Is Essential for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes often have higher levels of blood glucose, which affects your circulation and nervous system. The reduction of blood supply, poor circulation, to your feet can cause damage to your nerve endings, something known as peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy can lead to insensitivity, which means you lose the ability to feel pain and distinguish hot or cold. Poor circulation makes it difficult for your body to heal, so a minor problem left unchecked could become problematic. Other complications for people with diabetes are a loss of balance and coordination, and muscle weakness in the feet.

If you have diabetes, it’s essential to check your feet daily for any signs of damage. In addition, you should have regular foot assessments with a professional podiatrist to reduce the risk of injury, infection, and other complications.

Podiatrist using vibrotip to test sensation

What we do

We provide thorough diabetic foot assessments that concentrate on three main areas:
• Neurological assessment to assess your foot sensitivity
• Vascular assessment to assess your circulation in your legs and feet
• Skin assessment

In addition, we will show you how to examine your feet your-self so you can perform checks in between appointments and make sure your shoes and socks fit correctly.

The following foot care tips are essential for everyone:
• Ensure your feet are cleaned and dried daily.
• Visually check for changes and problems and report them as soon as possible.
• Wear only well-fitting shoes. Ill-fitting shoes can result in blisters, ulcers, corns and calluses, and nail problems.
• Avoid walking barefoot, especially when outside to reduce the risks of cuts and grazes.
• Try to avoid sitting cross-legged as this can hinder circulation.
• File your toenails on a regular basis.
• Moisturise your skin daily as dry skin can lead to cracking.
• Never attempt to treat corns or hard skin yourself. Always consult a podiatrist.

For more information on Diabetes and where to find help visit Diabetes UK and the College of Podiatry.