Sunday, 3 June 2018

Prevention is the best cure

It’s important that all patients diagnosed with diabetes see a podiatrist for preventative foot-care. Diabetics are more at risk of foot problems because of the following potential complications with diabetes:

Damage to the nerves in the feet (neuropathy)
Neuropathy can result from poor blood glucose control and damage to the nerves in your feet. This causes a loss of protective sensation meaning your feet may be unable to detect injury. For example, you may not be aware of an ulcer on the bottom of your foot as you do not feel any pain. This can then lead to more serious foot complications like infection if not treated. Symptoms of neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, pins and needles or a burning sensation in the feet.

Damage to the blood vessels that supply the feet
Poor blood glucose control may also cause a reduction in the blood supply to the feet. Poor circulation delays healing and makes people with diabetes more susceptible to infection following any cut or wound to the foot.
Symptoms of poor blood supply may include cold feet, cramps and pain.

People who suffer from diabetes should see a podiatrist as soon as they are diagnosed. An initial diabetes foot check will help determine how often you should visit a podiatrist for diabetic foot care and prevention of any related problems. 
Remember your feet are more at risk with diabetes and prevention is the best cure. 

As well as diabetic foot care our podiatrist also treats general foot problems, children’s foot problems and sports injuries. Call us today to make an appointment 01270 629933 

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