Diabetes is a disease that develops from high blood glucose levels which can cause damage to the nerve systems in your body by stopping important messages getting to and from your brain.
Diabetes may affect your feet in a number of ways.
Peripheral Neuropathy – loss of sensation in your feet, often starting at the toes. This is caused when the high blood glucose levels wrap around the free nerve endings.
Peripheral arterial disease – This is caused when high blood glucose level are identified and fat builds up into a plaque in your bloodstream. Over time this will start to block the blood supply to your legs and feet.
At Longwood Foot Clinic, we are pleased to offer you a diabetic foot check.
At the end of your appointment a written copy of your diabetic assessment will be given to you, which you can give it your GP or your diabetic nurse. This will allow you to track your diabetic control to ensure nothing is getting worse.
Diabetic patients should routinely have their feet treated every 6-8 weeks. This would-be including nail cuttings, hard skin and corn removal. It is very important that being a diabetic, your toe nails and hard skin are treated using sterile instruments for your treatment as you are at a greater risk of picking up an infection. At Longwood Foot clinic, we pride ourself that all our instruments are sterlised in an autoclave at 136 degrees. An Autoclave is a machine that uses steam under pressure to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spore on instruments that are placed inside a pressure vessel.