Diabetic Foot Care
People with diabetes have a special reason to take good care of their feet.
Having high blood sugar levels may make your feet more susceptible to injuries and infections. This happens because the protective sensation in the toes or feet i.e. the ‘pain alarm system’ may slowly disappear with long term high blood sugar levels.
However, you can significantly reduce your chances of having diabetes-related foot problems by looking after your feet every day.
At South Dublin Podiatry, we carry out annual diabetic foot assessments and provide routine foot care to keep your feet in top shape.
Loss of Sensation
This would be a very common diabetic complication we see in our clinic. High blood sugar levels can damage the peripheral nerves which provide sensation to the feet. To put it in context, if you were to stand on a thumb tack, you may not feel the pain. This condition is called neuropathy and means that the patient has a lack of sensation or no sensation at all in the feet. As a result, these patients are at a higher risk of developing an ulcer, which is a non healing wound. Sensations such as numbness, tingling, pins and needles and burning in the feet may be all associated with changes to the nerves and should all be reported to your doctor.
A podiatrist can carry out a few quick and simple tests to check for any reduced sensations. In our clinic we use a 10g monofiliament and a tuning fork to assess our patients.
When sensation to the feet is reduced, it is very easy to buy footwear which may be too tight or too shallow as we simply don’t feel the discomfort. Damage to the nerves often causes foot deformities such as clawing toes or increased arch height and we find the joint mobility generally decreases. This will make choosing the right shoes even more difficult. Try getting your feet measured if possible when choosing a new pair of shoes and make sure it fits well. In case of patients with severe neuropathy or larger foot deformities, it is possible to order custom made footwear from trained pedorthists. At South Dublin Podiatry, we provide custom made orthotics which are devices that are placed inside your shoes. They help with distribution of pressure under your foot and keeping the foot in good alignment.
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What Are People Saying About South Dublin Podiatry?
''Thank you for your warm welcome to your podiatry clinic yesterday. I was very impressed by the care and attention received. Following my consultation I now realise the importance of taking care of our feet. Your advice was informative and practical. I look forward to our follow up visit in early January. I would be happy to recommend the Podiatry clinic to those seeking good care and advice.''
I can highly recommend South Dublin Podiatry. My appointment was punctual and after a quick consultation Wioleta immediately started my treatment. She provided me with additional information and advice. My experience was very positive. Great professional service in a clean modern office.