Diabetes increases the risk of developing foot problems.
You can reduce the risk with regular check-ups with a health professional.
A foot assessment should be performed by your GP, diabetes educator, practice nurse or podiatrist to check the blood supply and feeling in both of your feet.
If your feet have been assessed as low risk you should have a foot assessment every year.
If your feet have been assessed as intermediate or high risk you should have a foot assessment at least every 3-6 months.
What’s your risk of developing a foot problem?
You have LOW risk feet if you:
- Have pulses in your feet
- Do not have any nerve damage
- Do not have any changes in the shape of your feet
You have HIGH risk feet if you have any of the following:
- No pulses in your feet
- Nerve damage
- Changes in the shape of your feet
- A foot ulcer or amputation
Diabetes SA Podiatry Clinic
Diabetes SA holds a clinic for all people living with diabetes, conducted by the University of SA Podiatry Faculty.
The clinic is free to all Diabetes SA members
An initial assessment and education about foot care is provided.
If further treatment is required a referral to an appropriate specialist is recommended.
Appointments are available between 9 am and 1 pm and are of 45 minutes duration.
See the education planner, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 198 204 to book an appointment.
(Your appointment time will be confirmed by email, sms or phone.)
Taking good care of your feet…
Daily foot care is essential.
Get to know your feet and check them every day.
If you can’t reach your feet, you can use a mirror or ask someone to check them for you.