Diabetic Foot Assessments

If you have diabetes, looking after your feet is really important. Yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. Our highly trained, professional podiatrists are experts in diabetic foot assessment and providing advice and therapy to help those with diabetes manage their foot care.

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Why is Podiatry essential for people with Diabetes?

People with diabetes often have higher levels of blood glucose, which affects your circulation and nervous system. The reduction of blood supply to your feet can cause damage to your nerve endings, something known as peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy can lead to insensitivity, which means you lose the ability to feel pain and distinguish hot or cold. So you may not notice if you have a minor cut, sore or wound.

In addition, poor circulation makes it difficult for your body to heal, so a minor problem left unchecked could lead to serious complications including foot ulcers, foot infections, and even amputation.  Other complications for people with peripheral neuropathy are a loss of balance and coordination, and muscle weakness in the feet.

Our thorough diabetic foot assessments concentrate on four main areas:

  • Neurological assessment
  • Vascular assessment
  • Skin assessment
  • Pain or discomfort assessment

Foot Care Tips

If you suffer from diabetes, it’s essential to check your feet daily for any signs of damage. In addition, you should have regular foot assessments with a professional podiatrist to reduce the risk of injury, infection, and other complications.

We will show you how to examine your feet yourself so you can perform checks in between appointments, treat any minor cuts, grazes, bruises and abrasions, and make sure your shoes and socks fit correctly. A copy of the results of the assessment will be sent to your GP, unless you request otherwise.

Diabetes sufferers should also take note of the following foot care tips:

  • Ensure your feet are clean and free from infection
  • Wear only well-fitting shoes. Ill-fitting shoes can can result in blisterts, ulcers, corns and calluses, and nail problems.
  • Avoid walking barefoot, especially when outside to reduce the risks of cuts and grazes.
  • Try to avoid sitting cross-legged as this can hinder circulation.
  • Cut and file your toenails regularly. When cutting tour nails cut straight across
  • Moisturise your skin paying particular attention to your heels, as dry skin can lead to cracking and fissures
  • Wear the right shoes. We can recommend the ideal footwear for people with diabetes
  • Never attempt to treat corns or hard-skin yourself. Always consult a podiatrist

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Whether you need to make or change an appointment, want to find out more about a specific therapy or have a general question, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are available to help. To get in touch, simply give us a call during opening hours or send us a message using the contact form and we will get in touch.

What our clients say

I have been attending this clinic for the last 13 – 14 years. I have problems with ingrowing toenails and have had nail surgery. The care I received was excellent both with the surgery and aftercare

Pam Marshall-Jones

I was quite anxious on my first visit, having never used any service like this before, but they immediately put me at ease. They are so welcoming and friendly, knowledgeable and informative. The clinic is exceptionally well run, clean and organised and I feel in safe hands. Now it’s one of my favourite health “jobs” to do

Mandy Rowbottom

This was my first visit to a podiatrist. I was really impressed on my first visit and everyone was very friendly. They diagnosed my problem very quickly and knew exactly what to do. I was immediately put at ease and, although the problem has required further treatment, I feel that my feet are in very good hands!!! Thank you!!!

Philip Reilly

Very quickly established the cause of issues and a plan to get it sorted. Each appointment has been excellent and very clear on how to tackle the problem. Fingers crossed for flip-flops in the summer!

Laura Starkie

Very positive experience. Lovely people and excellent treatment over several years. My feet are kept in prime condition!

Robert Bogin

Very professional, excellent service, and always a friendly face! You would be hard pushed to find a better Podiatrist.

Sue Sturla-Joy