Preventing Foot Complications
Posted on September 2, 2017
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What is an ulcer ?
Ulcers are woundsor open sores that do not heal in a week or keep returning
What causes Ulcers .
*Having diabetes increases your risk of developing a foot ulcer .
*Poor circulation means your foot and lower leg take longer to heal
* About 15% of people with Diabetes will develop a foot ulcer.
* Foot ulcers that do not heal can lead to amputation
* foot ulcers are the main reason most people with diabetes go to hospital
* Loss of feeling in your feet and / or lower leg may mean you will not notice a wound
Am I at risk of foot complications ?
If you have diabetes you are at risk
- If you have had an ulcer before , you are at a higher risk of getting another ulcer
- If you have had an amputation you are at a higher risk of getting another ulcer.
- Ask your Podiatrist what your risk is
If you are in a low risk group , you feet should be medically checked every year
If you are in a higher risk group , your Podiatrist should check your feet at each visit ( every 3-6 mths)
Your podiatrist will also look at the following things to assess your risk
- History of wound3s ( ulcers ) and amputation.
- Circulation – pulses in your feet
- Feeling in your feet
- Foot shape and structure
What can I do ?
- Keep your blood glucose level within the recommended range
- Make sure your footwear fits well and does not rub.
Poor fitting shoes causes most wounds and foot damage.
- Make sure your socks do not restrict circulation in your legs
- Ask your Podiatrist about a foot protection program, foot care education
And checks on your feet.
- See your podiatrist immediately if you have persistent red areas, blisters and bruises on your feet.
- Any wound is serious you must see your doctor , nurse or Podiatrist immediately .
Information sourced from the National Evidence Based Guideline on Prevention , Identification and Management of Foot Complications in Diabetes .