An interdisciplinary High-Risk Foot Service is a specialised team of health care professionals for people with active foot disease, such as:
- Foot ulceration (infection, ulceration or destruction of tissues of the foot associated with neuropathy and/or peripheral artery disease in the lower extremity of a person with (a history of) diabetes mellitus)
- Charcot Foot (non-infectious destruction of bone and joint(s) associated with neuropathy, which, in the acute phase, is associated with signs of inflammation)
- Osteomyelitis (infection of the bone)
- Cellulitis (infection of the skin and underlying fat)
- Gangrene (tissue becomes black because there is inadequate blood flow)
The iHRFS team may comprise Podiatrists, Endocrinologists, Orthopaedic and Vascular surgeons, Diabetes Educators, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Aboriginal Health Workers and Nursing Staff. It uses evidence-based assessment and management for patients with diabetes-related foot complications, aiming to reduce amputations rates, reduce the length of stay (the amount of time you have to stay in hospital) through the appropriate use of hospital investigations and resources.
Follow the link to the Active Foot Disease Pathway