Diabetes is a condition with wide ranging implications. Diabetic foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes and have the potential to cause a significant impact on quality of life, and should be treated promptly and effectively regardless to the size of the ulcer.
Diabetic foot ulcers are often the result from a number of different complications of diabetes including:
- Blockages and narrowing to the arteries of the legs and feet with reduced blood supply to heal wounds (predominantly below the knee)
- Altered sensation causing numbness and loss of feeling in the foot (peripheral neuropathy) that leads to unrecognised minor repetitive injury, causing breaks in the skin and wounds
- Impaired wound healing in combination with reduced blood supply synergistically reduces wound healing capacity and speed
- Changes to the mechanics of the foot (diabetic motor neuropathy) leads to abnormal foot architecture that can lead to prominent pressure areas on the foot at bony prominences with high risk of ulceration
- Changes to the condition of the skin of the foot (diabetic autonomic neuropathy) can predispose to drying out of the skin causing ‘cracking’ and breaks of the skin, leading to ulceration and introducing a route of infection
- Diabetic retinopathy can impair visual inspection of the foot and can also predispose to falls that can lead to lower limb and foot wounds
At Yarra Vascular Surgeons, we specialise in treating all aspects of diabetic foot ulcer disease and recognise and maintain that a truly multi-disciplinary approach is vital for this complex disease. Medical management through risk factor optimisation and modification including diabetic control is a vital part of our treatment approach to diabetic foot ulcer disease and we regularly involve diabetes specialists (endocrinologists) to participate in your overall care.
Podiatrists, wound care specialists, orthotists and physiotherapists are additional allied health colleagues that we regularly involve in the management, treatment and prevention of further diabetic foot ulcers. A multidisciplinary approach is critical in this condition.
What Makes Us Different
First group Vascular practice in Melbourne which means that you will always receive 24/7 care.
Full range of minimally
invasive and surgical options.
Complimentary vein screening assessment for new patients.
Experience dealing with
complex cases with a multi-team approach.
Options for both insured and non-insured patients.
Payment plan options
Experts in the very latest in minimal invasive endovascular techniques.
Wide range of consulting locations in Victoria.
Book your initial consultation to receive a thorough assessment of your condition
- Yarra Vascular Surgeons consult at various locations across Victoria.
- We offer initial consultations and review appointments, and we can see patients who would like a second opinion.
- At Yarra Vascular Surgeons we aim to see all referrals within two weeks or less, depending on the urgency of the condition.
- We are focussed on providing accessible and timely care to our patients, eliminating waiting times and providing an after hours service.