What is Diabetes?
A person with diabetes does not absorb glucose properly and glucose remains circulating in the blood (a condition known as hyperglycaemia). This can damage the body’s tissues over time. This damage can lead to disability and life-threating health complications, including problems with your feet.
There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Gestational diabetes (feet are not commonly affected)
Why do I need my feet checked by a podiatrist if I have diabetes?
People with diabetes are at risk of developing a number of health problems. Consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to changes in the heart, eyes, kidneys and feet! Our Podiatrist will assess your feet for changes which may have occurred because of diabetes.
These changes might include:
- The nerves in the feet becoming dull and less responsive to pain over time.
- The blood vessels hardening and becoming less able to push the blood down to the feet. This affects our skins ability to heal from cuts and scratches.
If these changes go unchecked and without proper management from a podiatrist it can lead to a number of more serious foot and overall health complications, such as amputations.
Luckily Our Podiatrist is here to help!
At Our Podiatrist we assess your feet regularly, monitor any changes and put a treatment plan in place to prevent any major foot complications from occurring.
If you want the best care for your feet then give Our Podiatrist a Call.