Diabetes & Podiatry

Diabetes often affects feet. Proactivity helps substantially.

Diabetes does affect the feet mainly through two pathways: neurologically or vascularly. The feet have some of the smallest nerve and artery fibres and therefore changes can occur quite early on in the disease.

A diabetic assessment consists of a vascular test by feel/doppler or ABI, a check of your skin/temperature, a neurological assessment to check vibration, touch and sense in space, joint range and quality of motion, footwear assessment, education and relay of information back to the referring provider.

Your podiatrist will classify your feet as low, moderate or high risk and will from there recommend how often treatments should occur.