There are 4.6 million people in the UK are living with diabetes. Foot problems are one of the most common complications of diabetes primarily because it can cause damage to nerves (neuropathy) and blood vessels in the feet and legs. Unfortunately, available statistics tell us that there are 20 diabetes related amputations per day in the UK. However, the good news is that it is estimated that between 80-85% of these amputations are preventable with good foot care and podiatry input.
At Winchester Podiatry we believe in taking a proactive rather than reactive approach to diabetic foot care. At your first appointment we will undertake a full neurovascular assessment of your foot health and we use this information to assess your risk of developing diabetes foot-related complications. We will also write to your GP, if you wish, to inform them of our findings.
We can then use this information to provide you with the very best advice, treatment and care plan.
This may involve:
- Regular routine chiropody/foot care.
- Research based advice on how you can best care for your feet.
- Insoles or orthotics to prevent and reduce pressure areas on your feet.
- Referral and letters to other appropriate health professionals.
- Annual neurovascular assessments.
- Appropriate treatment and advice regarding any other foot-related concerns such as fungal/thickened nails; ingrown toenails, foot pain or verrucae.