SWAN PODIATRY AND ORTHOTICS

DIABETES ASSESSMENTS

Diabetes can affect the whole body – including the feet. A diabetes assessment involves tests to assess the level of sensation (feeling) and circulation (blood flow) of the legs and feet and a check-up of your skin and nails, looking for deformities and movement of your joints.
A diabetes assessment with a Podiatrist is an essential part of diabetes management and should be done every 6-12 months in most cases. Education will be provided to help manage any current issues and prevent long-term complications.

In terms of risks, your feet may be labelled high or low risk.

If you have high-risk feet, which typically means that you have lost some feeling and circulation already, you will need more frequent examinations (up to every 3 months) to keep on top of any symptoms and ensure no permanent issues develop.

If you have low-risk feet, which means you have most feeling and circulation still, then you can continue being checked every 6 to 12 months unless they deteriorate and the risk increases.
We will work in conjunction with your other healthcare providers to offer well-rounded services. We’ll get an understanding of your full medical history and will stay in touch with your endocrinologist and other professionals when prescribing any treatments for problems developing in your feet.

Because diabetes is such a complex disease and because blood glucose levels can be thrown off by a variety of factors, it’s important that we work alongside other care professionals to track symptoms and ensure all your treatments are working well in conjunction with one another.

If you are concerned about the condition of your feet due to diabetes or another medical condition, contact us today to arrange a consultation.
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