Diabetic Assessments Bankstown NSW
Diabetes can have detrimental effects on the lower limbs such as ulcers, infection and worst case scenario amputation. This is mainly due to the presence of elevated sugar levels in the blood that lead to two main complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes. The first is peripheral arterial disease 'damaged blood vessels' and peripheral neuropathy 'damaged nerves'.
What Is A Diabetic Assessment?
In order to assess the state of blood vessels and nerves, podiatrists perform diabetic foot screening or what is known as a 'Neurovascular Assessment'. Performing this screening will identify any potential problems that could cause ulcer formation, infection or even amputation. If the podiatrist suspects serious problems, they will most likely refer on for further medical attention and testing.
The assessment involves assessing the following factors:
- Measurement of foot pulses
- Sensation Testing with 10g Monofilament device
- Vibration perception tests
- Foot temperature testing
- Assessing skin colour, texture and integrity.
Patients with well maintained diabetes are recommended to undergo a diabetic foot screening consultation once a year. For those with poor diabetic control or present foot complications, these patients will need to be seen on a regular basis for treatment and close monitoring.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can a podiatrist help a diabetic?
As diabetes can affect skin health and the body's ability to heal wounds and fight off infections, calluses on the feet can quickly turn into ulcerations and infections. Regular check ups with a podiatrist allows you to catch any potential problems before they become serious.
Do diabetics get free podiatry?
Some councils and health services may offer subsidised podiatry services for diabetics. Call your local council, hospital or health centre to find out more. If you have a chronic condition and are referred to a podiatrist by your doctor, Medicare may provide a rebate. Department of Veteran Affairs gold card holders are entitled to free podiatry services from private practices. Private health funds also cover some podiatry services.
What kind of foot problems do diabetics have?
Uncontrolled diabetes can cause diabetic neuropathy that damages the nerves in your legs and feet. This lack of feeling means that you may not feel a cut or sore on your foot, so it will get worse and become infected. Another possible issue is peripheral vascular disease which affects the flow of blood. Without good blood flow, it takes longer for a sore or cut to heal and if you have an infection that will not heal because of poor blood flow, you are at risk of developing ulcers and gangrene. Because of diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, common foot problems can often lead to infection and even amputation.