Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the nerve systems in your body, stopping important messages getting to and from your brain. As the nerves to your legs and feet are the longest ones, they are most likely to be affected. Complications of Diabetes can be foot ulceration, infection, abnormal foot shape and unfortunately amputation.
Nerve damage is also sometimes called neuropathy, and it can lead to the following:
- Damage to sensory nerves
- Damage to motor nerves
- Damage to autonomic nerves
David has extensive experience in the Diabetic Foot. He is still practicing as Senior Podiatrist at the RPAH Diabetes Centre High Risk Foot Clinic. All people with Diabetes should have their feet assessed on a yearly basis to check for any Diabetes related foot complications. At Better Health we can perform a complex neuro-vascular assessment as we have a Vascular Doppler to further investigate any vascular insufficiencies, plus a Biosthesiometer which can determine the level of severity of Peripheral Neuropathy.
- A Diabetic Foot Assessment Includes:
- Neurological assessment
- Vascular assessment
- Dermatological assessment
- Musculoskeletal assessment
- Risk assessment
Once we know your risk level for developing Diabetes related foot complications, we will be able to provide appropriate foot education, and advise on frequency of visitations for podiatry.
If you have Diabetes, you should have your feet checked up at least once a year.
As Senior Podiatrist at RPAH Diabetes Centre High Risk Foot Clinic, David can also provide treatment, referral or advice on complex Diabetes related foot complications such foot ulceration or Charcot’s Arthropathy (a progressive degeneration of a weight bearing joint, marked by bony destruction, bone resorption, and eventual deformity.)