Diabetic Neuropathy Prevention in Tamworth

You need to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes. Fail to do this and you risk serious complications, such a diabetic neuropathy related issues. Taking care of your feet can prevent serious problems; amputation being one of them.

Diabetes can damage the nerves and impede blood supply to your feet. These issues are more likely when:

  • You’ve had diabetes for a long time
  • Your blood glucose levels are too high for extended periods
  • You are a smoker
  • You are inactive

Have your feet assessed by a doctor, podiatrist, or Credentialled Diabetes Educator. Testing is done easily and painlessly. Knowing the risks is important for you to understand. If you’re at risk, you’ll want to be better informed and get the right treatment in timely fashion.

Regular checkups are important. Even without experiencing common symptoms and despite your feet having good blood-flow and normal sensation, it’s entirely possible to become a high-risk diabetic. High-risk patients should have their feet by a doctor or podiatrist every 3 to 6 months.
Diabetic foot — Podiatry service in Tamworth, NSW
Diabetes and poor blood glucose control can cause nerve damage to feet. See your podiatrist, doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator if you have any of these symptoms:
  • Numbness
  • Coldness of the legs
  • Tingling, ‘pins and needles’ sensations in the feet
  • Burning pains in legs and feet, often more noticeable when trying to sleep
When there’s loss of sensation in the feet, you’ll be at increased risk of injury. If you suffer an infection, for example, and it isn’t treated early, ulceration may occur. Left untreated, the result could be the removal of a toe, foot or limb.

Poor blood glucose control can cause reduced blood supply to your feet. See your podiatrist, doctor, or Credentialled Diabetes Educator if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Sharp leg cramps after walking short distances or upstairs
  • Pain in the feet (often early morning)
  • Feet feeling cold
  • Feet looking a reddish-blue colour
  • Cuts that are slow to heal

Low-risk diabetics should have their feet checked once a year. High-risk diabetics should have check-ups every 3 to 6 months. This should include checking:
  • Blood flow to the feet (circulation)
  • Feeling and reflexes (nerves)
  • Foot malformation, including bunions, claw toes, hammer toes
  • Toenails
  • Dryness, calluses, corns, cracks, infections
Your podiatrist will remove calluses or corns before they become infected.