Podiatrists play a major role in the prevention of injuries leading to complications in conditions such as diabetes. The first signs of diabetes are often detected in the feet.
It is important for the diabetic patient to consult a podiatrist regularly.
The circulation, nerve conduction, and skin signs and symptoms of the foot are assessed and recorded. It is important to establish that there is enough protective sensation and reaction to prevent injury.
Once neuropathy (loss of sensation) is diagnosed, regular visits to prevent further complications are essential. Awareness of changes to the foot that could follow are noted and closely monitored, these are due to the long-term metabolic effects that are caused by diabetes that present on the feet.
Good prevention methods are created by simple awareness and observations by the podiatrist are discussed. This is also to establish a relationship with the podiatrist who will keep a close watch on the changes that take place over time and to intervene where necessary. The objective is to prevent complications that may lead to injuries and wounds that could become infected and ultimately lead to amputations.
This severe condition is easily avoided with monitored help, care and advice from your local podiatrist.