Diabetes / Diabetes Foot Assessment

Diabetes is considered a ‘chronic disease’, therefore people with diabetes may be eligible for a Medicare rebate ‘Chronic disease management plan’ for podiatry services – this plan can be established through your local GP.

  • WHAT DOES DIABETES HAVE TO DO WITH MY FEET?
    • It may seem strange but side effects due to your diabetes will first be noticed in your feet and lower legs
    • The damage diabetes causes to your nerves, blood circulation and infection often occurs first in your toes, moving progressively up to your knee before you may notice it in your hands – Podiatrists are able to detect if this damage is starting to occur
    • It is very important to have your feet assessed to determine if you are at low or high risk for developing complications related to your diabetes
  • DID YOU KNOW?
    • Annually there are around 10,000 hospitalizations due to diabetes-related foot ulcerations and each year approximately 4,300 amputations are due to diabetes
    • Improved access to Podiatry services for patients with foot complications from diabetes has shown to prevent future hospitalizations and amputations

    Diabetes is considered a ‘chronic disease’, therefore people with diabetes may be eligible for a Medicare rebate ‘Chronic disease management plan’ for podiatry services – this plan can be established through your local GP.

  • WHAT IS A DIABETES FOOT ASSESSMENT?
    • Diabetes Australia recommends a diabetes foot assessment be performed at least once per year – more frequently if you are at a higher risk of complications
    • The assessment will include the following:
      • A Doppler ultrasound of the blood flow
        • Blood pressure and toe pressure may be taken to compare how the blood is circulating around the body
      • Sensation testing of the nerve response
        • Testing your detection of fine touch and pressure
        • May also include reflex response
      • General assessment of your foot for any callus, corns, breaks in the skin, etc
      • Biomechanical assessment of your foot and lower limb
      • Footwear assessment
  • WHAT DOES DIABETES HAVE TO DO WITH MY FEET?
    • It may seem strange but side effects due to your diabetes will first be noticed in your feet and lower legs
    • The damage diabetes causes to your nerves, blood circulation and infection often occurs first in your toes, moving progressively up to your knee before you may notice it in your hands – Podiatrists are able to detect if this damage is starting to occur
    • It is very important to have your feet assessed to determine if you are at low or high risk for developing complications related to your diabetes
  • DID YOU KNOW?
    • Annually there are around 10,000 hospitalizations due to diabetes-related foot ulcerations and each year approximately 4,300 amputations are due to diabetes
    • Improved access to Podiatry services for patients with foot complications from diabetes has shown to prevent future hospitalizations and amputations

    Diabetes is considered a ‘chronic disease’, therefore people with diabetes may be eligible for a Medicare rebate ‘Chronic disease management plan’ for podiatry services – this plan can be established through your local GP.

  • WHAT IS A DIABETES FOOT ASSESSMENT?
    • Diabetes Australia recommends a diabetes foot assessment be performed at least once per year – more frequently if you are at a higher risk of complications
    • The assessment will include the following:
      • A Doppler ultrasound of the blood flow
        • Blood pressure and toe pressure may be taken to compare how the blood is circulating around the body
      • Sensation testing of the nerve response
        • Testing your detection of fine touch and pressure
        • May also include reflex response
      • General assessment of your foot for any callus, corns, breaks in the skin, etc
      • Biomechanical assessment of your foot and lower limb
      • Footwear assessment

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