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Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetics need to take great care of their feet to prevent serious complications. Diabetes causes damage to the nerves and the blood supply. The loss of nerve function (neuropathy) in the legs and feet typically develops overtime and foot injuries, ulcers, infections, and other problems can occur painlessly. Blood supply becomes reduced or altered (poor circulation), which prevents foot injuries from healing.Symptoms of diabetic foot problems include pain or a tingling foot sensation in the feet at night. Common diabetic foot problems include:

  • Foot ulcers
  • Swelling
  • Cuts and sores
  • Corns
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Deep infections
  • Charcot fractures (unrealised fractures because lack of sensation does not cause pain)

Diabetics need to see a Podiatrist regularly. North Queensland Podiatry provides a full diabetic assessment and can provide comprehensive ongoing treatment, in conjunction with your Doctor and other diabetes professionals. Treatment options range from regular foot maintenance, ulcer care, footwear advice and in some cases customised orthotics (insoles). North Queensland Podiatry will assist you to maintain healthy feet and prevent serious complications. Contact North Queensland Podiatry today for an appointment.