Karin Bruckner | Diabetic Foot Assessment & Management
Karin specialises in nail surgery and does procedures to prevent ingrown toenails from reoccurring. Onychomycosis (nail fungus) is also a special interest of hers. Patients seen by Karin are athletes, retirees, diabetics, children and anyone needing foot care. Her practice is nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in Vredehoek, also known as Devil’s Peak, which is close to the centre of Cape Town with easy access and parking. The surgery is equipped with the latest technology including computerised gait analysis (RSSCAN) equipment, laser, and a nail debriding machine. The laser which is available at the practice allows for treatment of nail fungus infections without the side effects which can result from drug therapy. It’s non-toxic and can treat all ten toes in 15-20 minutes with no downtime.
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Diabetic Foot Assessment & Management

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.