Diabetic Foot Clinic Athlone

Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition which can place an individual at greater risk of developing serious foot problems. The problems are related to the systemic effect of diabetes on the lower limb which include:

  • Decreased circulation to the feet (reduced blood supply)
    Diabetes can affect the large arteries of the body by causing them to become narrower. If the large arteries of the leg are narrower less blood reaches the feet which is a condition called peripheral vascular disease. Less blood means healing rates for wounds, cuts, abrasions is longer and therefore increases the risk of infections and makes it more difficult for the body to fight those infections.
  • Decreased sensory nerve function in the feet (reduced feeling in the feet)
    Diabetes can affect the peripheral nerves of the body, in particular the sensory or feeling nerves. In a condition called peripheral neuropathy the nerves in the feet are less able to sense damage to the feet. If a person with peripheral neuropathy cuts the bottom of the foot they may not be aware of it and continue to walk on the injured area. The area may become increasingly damaged and infected with no warning signs that there is a problem.

The Athlone Foot Clinic provides comprehensive treatment and monitoring of diabetic feet.

Annual foot check-ups – A diabetic foot assessment occurs every 12 months or more often if required. This is a vascular and neurological assessment that enables us to determine your foot status and potential risks for you. Vascular testing includes doppler readings and other cursory tests. Neurological tests used are the standard in diabetic neurological foot assessments.

Regular foot maintenance – Once your foot status is determined, regular foot care may be conducted by us on an ongoing basis. This can include cutting of nails to prevent cuts and ingrown nail problems, removal and debridement of problem corns or callus and other routine foot advice. For many, these services are claimable under your health Insurance.

We diagnose and treat the following diabetes related foot problem. Call the Athlone based Foot Clinic on 090 6400141 for an appointment with our Podiatrist today.

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Bunion treatment

Here at the Athlone Foot clinic we treat many conditions. One of our most common treatments is that of Bunions.

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Bunions

Bunions (Hallux Abducto Valgus) refer to the deviation of the great toe towards the outside of the foot. This deviation occurs from the great toe joint and causes the foot to become broader and the great toe does not function properly. Discomfort often occurs secondary to footwear pressure on the bunion prominence or due to degenerative changes in the great toe joint itself.

Causes of bunions include: genetic predisposition, poor footwear and hypermobile, flattened feet.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Antinflammation advice
  • Footwear advice
  • Night splinting to improve joint position and reduce discomfort
  • Forefoot padding and strapping techniques
  • Joint mobilization
  • Use of orthotics

Contact our clinic based in Athlone Co. Westmeath for further information.

Call 090 6400141 to arrange an appointment with our Podiatrist today.

Corns & Calluses

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Calluses

Calluses (Hyperkeratosis) is a build up of thick skin on the foot caused by friction in high pressure areas of the foot. This complaint is often accompanied by corns and can be mildly uncomfortable to painful and debilitating. Calluses often appear on the bottom of the foot around the forefoot, as well as the heel and around the sides and tips of the toes. If Calluses are left untreated, they can interrupt the blood (vascular) supply to the area and ulceration may result. It is recommended that people with diabetes are regularly screened and treated accordingly to prevent the development of a callus that can cause ulcerations.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Complaint removal
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint

Corns

Corns (Heloma Dura & Heloma Molle) are painful lesions/spots of thickened skin on the foot caused by friction in high pressure areas of the foot.

Hard Corns (Heloma Dura) appear on the top and sides of toes often secondary to footwear pressure and also along the bottom of the foot. Soft Corns (Heloma Molle) in most cases appear between the fourth and fifth toes. These have an unbearable stinging sensation and are extremely uncomfortable.

If Corns are left untreated, they can become very painful and may interrupt the blood (vascular) supply to the area and cause an ulcer. It is recommended that people with diabetes are regularly screened and treated accordingly to prevent the development corns that can cause ulcerations.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Complaint removal
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint

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Contact us today on 090 6400141

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Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis) is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by the tinea pedis microbe. The signs of this complaint include itchiness, redness and peeling skin between the toes. Tinea Vesiculare is another fungal complaint of the foot that often presents with small blisters under the arch of the foot.

We provide the following solutions:

  • Recommend appropriate antifungal medication to remove the complaint
  • Advice to prevent the reoccurrence of this complaint

Contact the Athlone Foot Clinic on 090 6400141