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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    When should I see a podiatrist if I have dry feet and diabetes?

    I have type 2 diabetes and I am experiencing a lot of dry skin and calluses. Is it enough to moisturise or should I see a podiatrist?
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  • Dung Pham

    Dietitian

    Dung is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who currently works in Community Health and Private Practice as a HACC/CH dietitian and Health Coach. She has also … View Profile

    We encourage annual podiatry reviews for people with diabetes so if you havent had one for a while go see one. In addition to addressing your concerns re: dry skin and calluses podiatrists can provide foot care advice as well as identify any other issues assocaited with diabetes such as neuropathy etc which we can't see visually.

  • Samantha Ling

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Samantha is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), consultant and food and nutrition enthusiast. Samantha works in a private practice on the Central Coast, NSW, Rostant … View Profile

    That's fantastic that you are already examining your feet - it is very important that you examine your feet everyday for cuts, blisters and infections and ensure you have good foot hygiene and wear correctly fitting shoes.

    Depending on how well your diabetes is managed and your blood sugar levels, healing can take longer and you can be more prone to infections. On top of this, you may have diminished nerve sensitivity in your feet (neuropathy) and may not know if you have injured your feet in some way (hence daily checks are important).

    As Dung mentioned - podiatrists should be an essential component of your diabetic care plan. Regular podiatrist check-ups (every 6 - 12 months) can spot signs of nerve damage and/or reduced blood circulation. They can also provide advice on the correct footwear for your feet, etc. 

    Under your diabetic care plan you are eligable to recieve free podiatrist appointments under Medicare (bulk billed). You will need to talk to your GP regarding a referral.

    Samantha Ling
    Rostant Nutrition

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