WHY PODIATRY IS ESSENTIAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
People with diabetes often have higher levels of blood glucose, which affects your circulation and nervous system. The reduction of blood supply to your feet can cause damage to your nerve endings, something is known as peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy can lead to insensitivity, which means you lose the ability to feel pain and distinguish hot or cold. So you may not notice if you have a minor cut, sore, or wound. In addition, poor circulation makes it difficult for your body to heal, so a minor problem left unchecked could lead to serious complications including foot ulcers, foot infections, and even amputation.
Other complications for people with peripheral neuropathy are a loss of balance and coordination and muscle weakness in the feet.
Diabetic Foot Assessment
If you have diabetes, looking after your feet is particularly important. Yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management.
At Orthotic Podiatry, our highly trained, professional podiatrists are experts in diabetic foot assessment and providing advice and therapy to help those with diabetes manage their foot care.