Collectively, individuals with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing circulatory and nerve problems. Circulatory problems can result in a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet, which may lead to fragile skin, poor healing, and ulcerations. Nerve damage can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet which reduces your ability to detect injury and pain.
Our podiatrists can provide you with regular foot checks, diabetic foot advice and general care. It is recommended that you visit your podiatrist at least every 6 to 12 months, and more often if general care is required, to minimise diabetic foot complications.
It is essential that people with diabetes wear well fitted, protective footwear. The ideal shoe should cushion whilst also providing ankle, arch and heel support. It should allow an even distribution of pressure and weight to avoid pressure points that are likely to breakdown and ulcerate.
The podiatrists at Stephen Cardinal Podiatry Group are able to recommend appropriate footwear for your individual needs. We also carry the Dr Comfort diabetic footwear range and are fully trained in measuring and fitting these.
Corns and callouses are areas of thick skin that result from excessive pressure or friction, usually over a boney prominence. Callouses are thickened areas of skin dispersed over an area, whereas corns tend to have a discrete core. They are both commonly signs of an underlying biomechanical issue. Our podiatrists are able to offer regular debridement of your corns and callouses, as well as address any underlying biomechanical issues that may be causing them. Treatment for this may be in the way of in-shoe padding, toe props or orthotics.
If you have diabetes, there is a greater risk of these high pressure areas becoming ulcerated. It is therefore very important that you have any callouses and corns tended to by your podiatrist.
Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most significant complications of diabetes mellitus. The two major risk factors for the development of a diabetic ulcer are vascular insufficiency and peripheral neuropathy. These risk factors result in reduced healing and an inability to detect pain and injury, respectively. High pressure areas where callous formation occurs are also more prone to ulceration. Your podiatrist is able to assess your circulation and nerve supply to the feet, as well as remove callouses and corns. This can ultimately reduce, or eliminate, your risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer.