Yes, we do. We provide comprehensive diabetic footcare and education including the prescription of diabetic footwear and diabetic orthotics and the treatment of foot ulcers and wounds.
Diabetes is a condition where you have raised blood glucose levels (called hyperglycaemia) due to a metabolic disorder.
There are two main types of diabetes:
TYPE I – (Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus) where patients control their diabetes with insulin
TYPE II – (Non Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus) where patients may control their diabetes through diet, tablets or sometimes insulin.
Both of these type of diabetes can be harmful to feet so it is essential that everyone with diabetes of either type visit a Chiropodist / Foot Specialist because of the risks of diabetic foot disease.
People with diabetes should attend every 6 – 12 months for a check-up and whenever they have foot problems. However, your chiropodist may recommend a more frequent visit depending on the level of risk they assess with your specific level of diabetic foot disease.
Diabetes is directly linked with profound changes to your feet. The circulation to and around your feet can deteriorate meaning you are more susceptible to infection, less likely to heal quickly and your skin quality reduces meaning it is easier to damage. The sense of feeling in your feet can also reduce so that it is possible to damage your feet and not know about it.
This is why it is important feet are monitored regularly so that changes are detected early on.
You can see how even seemingly simple problems like corns, callus or poorly looked after toenails often manifest as more complex, urgent problems or emergencies.
Look out for warning signs such as Redness, Swelling, Pus, Discharge, Pain.
Some systemic diseases (such as Type I and Type II diabetes) can cause ongoing damage to nerves, blood vessels, or both.
Diabetes is a life-long disease that over time can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels leading to loss of feeling and decreased circulation in your feet.
Examples of factors which increase your risk of developing complications of diabetic foot disease such as infection, ulceration, amputation or hospitalization include the following
It is important for you to take exceptionally good care of your feet and to follow any advice given to you!
Yes ! We both prescribe and supply orthotics and footwear for diabetic patients. Our comprehensive diabetic foot screening helps us identify the risks of you developing serious foot complications. We are able to help develop a plan to manage the risks that may include regular screening and diabetic foot care, regular advice and education. We may suggest modifications or changes to your footwear which may include custom foot orthotics.
Ingrown toenails can become inflamed, infected and very painful. Timely and appropriate treatment is important, to avoid them getting worse
Foot orthotics are used to improve the function of the feet; thereby treating conditions such as those that stem from faulty foot mechanics. Foot specialists/chiropodists often use these devices in their treatment plan.
General care involves the assessment and treatment of feet and the maintenance and promotion of healthy feet through ongoing preventative care.