People with Diabetes and other chronic conditions such as Arthritis (Rheumatoid, Osteo and Psoriatic), Anaemia, peripheral vascular disease and inflammatory diseases such as Lupus and fibromyalgia, are at greater risk of developing serious foot problems
The World Health Organisation recommends that diabetics visit a podiatrist at least every six months to have their foot health assessed and monitored. People with diabetes are more likely to experience reduced blood circulation and nerve degeneration to their feet and legs, resulting in a loss of sensation, thinning of the skin and fat pad and a reduced ability to heal and fight infection. Rheumatoid arthritis and some other inflammatory conditions have a similar impact on the foot, whilst osteoporosis is a common cause of foot stress fractures.
Poor circulation or high blood glucose levels affect the tiny nerves within the foot and damage them over time resulting in peripheral neuropathy. Also, the blood vessels in the feet may become blocked, resulting in poor or slow healing, increased infections of the skin and possible ulceration.
Correct nail care and treatment of any corns, callouses or pressure areas by a professional are thus of great importance. Conditions which may affect your feet include;
Nail conditions: fungal nails, thick, brittle and hard to manage nails, ingrown toenails (both conservative and surgical treatment options are available)
Skin conditions: dry cracked skin, corns, callouses, verrucae (warts),fungal infections, blisters & rashes
Wounds or ulcers
Pressure problems/pain: heel pain, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuromas, bursitis
Neuropathic conditions: burning, tingling, numbness,
Circulatory conditions: oedema/swelling, cramps, chill blains, cold feet
Foot Deformities: bunions, claw and hammer toes, crooked toes
Impaired Mobility & Instability
Difficulty fitting shoes
At Wanneroo Podiatry our highly trained Podiatrists provide a comprehensive foot assessment to check your feet’s nerve and blood supply, bony alignment, skin condition, gait, and footwear.
Treatment modalities for your foot problems include general treatment for nail, corns and callouses, skin care, padding, taping, issue of pressure deflecting devices, shoe inserts, footwear advice and prescription, trigger point therapy, acupuncture and dry needling techniques, joint mobilization, stretching and strengthening programs and modified or custom orthotics.
Advice and education on foot care and wear is part of our friendly service at Wanneroo Podiatry Surgery to prevent any foot problems from arising. We also work closely with your doctor to provide you with the best possible foot and health care.