PODIATRIST - Pieter Roos
Staying one step ahead...
People with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications.Foot problems are a major cause of morbidity, mortality and hospital admission in people with diabetes.
Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage also called neuropathy. This can cause tingling, pain (burning or stinging), or weakness in the foot. It can also cause loss of feeling in the foot, so you can injure it and not know it. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of your feet or toes may also cause problems.
It is therefore important for a foot examination to be performed annually in patients with diabetes to prevent problems from arising or identify them early on.This is done at the Witbank Diabetes Centre by a Podiatrist who will assess the skin, bones, nerves and vasculature of the feet.Once an examination has been done and the patients risk determined, they will be followed-up according to their risk, either
annually or more frequently.