Australian Health Professionals

Diabetes Assessments

Podiatrist assesses a patients foot.

Diabetes Assessments at AHP Connect

Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your feet. In terms of the feet diabetes can cause two main concerns:

  • Loss of sensation 
  • Restricted circulation and blood flow 
In a diabetes foot assessment, your podiatrist will ask you questions regarding the management of your diabetes and feet. They will then perform a vascular assessment, neurological assessment, dermatological assessment, musculoskeletal and gait assessment, and footwear assessment to gain an overall understanding of your foot health and any associated lower limb risks of diabetes.

Tailored to your needs

Diabetes Assessments

Our diabetes assessments can be tailored to your individual needs to monitor your general foot health and check for symptoms associated with diabetes

Treatments and Services

Vascular Assessment

A vascular assessment studies the blood supply to your feet. Low blood supply can cause dry skin and brittle nails.

Footwear Assessment

Your podiatrist will assess your current footwear. Correct footwear can prevent foot problems associated with diabetes.

Musculoskeletal Assessment

Your podiatrist will assess your stance and the way you walk. This reveals any 'high-pressure' areas under your foot.

Neurological Assessment

This assessment involves looking at the health of the nerves in your feet. Functioning nerves are essential for feeling in our feet.

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Questions And Answers

Podiatrists are experts in foot, ankle, and lower limb health. They can help to prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions including ingrown toenails, heel and arch pain. 

You may consider visiting a podiatrist if you are experiencing:

  • Pain in your feet. 
  • Ingrown or discoloured skin or nails. 
  • Corns. 
  • Skin rashes. 
  • Foot odour. 
  • Foot injuries. 
  • Broader health conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.

The cost of podiatry services can vary from practice to practice, depending on a variety of factors. Medicare rebates or private health insurance is accepted across many practices to reduce out-of-pocket expense for podiatry treatment. 

It should be noted, however that Medicare does not typically cover the entire fee, and therefore you may incur any remaining costs. Private health funds accepted by a podiatry practice are usually disclosed on their website; just like Medicare, private health insurance does not cover the entire fee.

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your GP to see a podiatrist. However, if you have been referred please bring a copy of the referral letter to your appointment.

After your first appointment, your podiatrist will recommend a treatment plan for you which includes how often you should visit. The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. 

Yes, your feet can contribute to lower back pain. The pronation of your feet and ankles may cause your knees to turn inward. This can impact your hips which will affect the way you walk. If not correct, this may affect your spin, in-turn leading to lower back pain.

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