Diabetic Footcare //
Diabetes is a serious illness that currently affects an estimated 1.8 million Australians. It's believed that on average 275 Australian adults develop diabetes per day. Diabetes is the world's fastest growing chronic illness.
So What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes a person to frequently have increased blood sugar levels. This normally happens because the affected person's pancreas does not produce enough insulin or because the insulin produced by the pancreas is ineffective or of poor quality. Untreated and poorly controlled diabetes can have major health consequences and can lead to damaging the kidneys, eyes and feet.
How does it effect the feet?
As a consequence of diabetes the blood supply to the feet can become diminished which results in slower healing rates, poor oxygen supply to the muscles, dry and fragile skin as well as higher risk of ulceration and amputation. It is also possible for the nerves in the feet to suffer as a result of diabetes. Damage to these nerve fibres can mean an inability to detect touch and injury to the foot, leaving the individual at a much higher risk of complications. Due to these potential concerns it is essential that assessment of the feet is conducted regularly to manage the risk of these complications arising.
How do we help?
At Hurst Podiatry we have invested heavily in state of the art equipment to ensure these risks can be kept to a minimum. We have Doppler ultrasounds to assess your circulation that are 100% interfaced with computers meaning that results can be saved and compared in the future. Your GP will also receive a copy of this for their records.
We also have neurothesiometers which allows for the most accurate diagnosis of nerve damage possible. This machine can measure how good your sensation is and allow us to compare results year to year to ensure that we can diagnose any deterioration in your condition far earlier than with other conventional devices.
At Hurst Podiatry we consider ourselves experts in the management of the diabetic foot and have made every effort to ensure our patients have access to the best assessment tools money can buy. So make an investment in the health of your feet today and book an appointment to see us.
Specialising in children's podiatry and sports injuries