Foot care is particularly important if you are a diabetic. Diabetes particularly affects the vascular and neurological systems, especially the lower limbs and feet. People with diabetes should pay special attention to their feet.
Your feet can be affected in many ways. Blood supply may be affected, resulting in slower healing. You may suffer loss of sensation in your feet due to nerve damage. A person whose nerves are damaged by diabetes may not realise they have minor cuts or blisters, which can lead to ulcers. The immune system is also affected making you more prone to infections. Many complications can be associated with diabetes.
People with diabetes can develop neuropathic and vascular ulcers if their feet are neglected. If untreated this can lead to amputations of the feet and toes and long term hospitalisation. These ulcers are preventable with proper regular foot checks and the correct treatment.
Medicare rebates apply to Diabetic foot care consultations. Contact your GP for further details.