Welcome to the Doubleview Podiatry patient newsletter for this month.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the average human walks 5 times around the world over the course of their lifetime?
Do you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Do you know how diabetes can affect your feet?
There are two main ways, and it’s very important for diabetics to be aware of them.
Diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet, which makes you more likely to develop an infection, and take longer to heal.
Diabetes can damage your nerves, causing tingling, burning and numbness. If you don’t control your blood sugar levels, you can lose the protective sensation on the bottom of your feet, which means if you step on something, you won’t be able to feel it. This can lead to infection and the formation of ulcers.
A Neurovascular Assessment checks the blood supply to your feet and how well your nerves are working. We recommend that every diabetic patient has one done at least every 12 months to assess how diabetes is affecting your feet.
To make an appointment for a Neurovascular Assessment, you can call our receptionist Sue on 08 9341 5166.
We look forward to seeing you at our practice soon.
Stephen, Sara and Sue
We recently set up a Facebook page to keep our patients in the loop with updates at the practice. If you’d like to follow the page, you can look us up by searching “Doubleview Podiatry” on Facebook and pressing the “like” button.
PediMed foot cream contains agents that moisturise your feet, such as urea, which forms a protective layer over the skin that helps to lock in the moisture. PediMed can also protect against fungal flora to assist in preventing tinea. It can also stimulate microcirculation, a feature particularly useful for diabetic patients or those with reduced circulation. PediMed is available for $35 per bottle.