Diabetes can lead to poor circulation, nerve damage (neuropathy), and other issues that increase the risk of foot problems. Regular screenings, self-care, and early intervention can significantly reduce the likelihood of serious foot problems for individuals with diabetes.
Who will benefit
Diabetic foot screenings should be done at least once a year, or more frequently if you are at risk of diabetic foot problems or complications.
How we do it
Our Podiatrists at Atlas Podiatry are experts in foot care and are trained to perform diabetic foot screening. During your diabetic foot screening appointment, our Podiatrists will assess, educate and provide necessary treatments and interventions.
What to expect during the diabetic foot screening
1. General assessment
- Medical history taking – paying particular attention to any previous or ongoing foot problems
- Footwear inspection – to check on the type of footwear, its size and shape to determine if it’s the right fit for your feet
2. Dermatological assessment
- Nails and skin inspection – to check for any abnormalities such as skin dryness, corns/callus formation, cracks, wounds, fungal nail and skin infection, ingrown toenail etc.
3. Musculoskeletal assessment
- Foot shape and posture – to check for any foot structure abnormalities and deformities such as clawed/hammertoes, flat or high-arched foot, bunions, charcot foot etc.
4. Neurological assessment
- Monofilament test – to check for any reduction/loss of pressure perception
- Neurothesiometer test – to check for any reduction/loss of vibration perception
5. Vascular assessment
- Doppler ultrasound – to check if there is adequate blood flow to the feet
6. Patient education, treatment and follow up
- Comprehensive foot care and foot wear education will be provided with every screening
- Foot problems identified during the screen will be addressed and treated appropriately
- Follow up appointments will be given according to patient’s needs and risk classification
Our friendly podiatrists are here to help make sure you get the right foot care advice and treatment to prevent diabetic complications. Contact us to find out more!