The latest statistics show that 1.3 million Australians are currently living with type 2 diabetes: with 280 Australians developing diabetes every day. It is one of the biggest challenges on Australia’s health system.
Diabetes affects the whole body. Here at SOLE THERAPY we look after complications that arise with diabetic feet. Our pain priority is to prevent ulcerations and amputations. There are more than 4400 amputations every year because of diabetes.
One major concern of type 2 diabetes is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder in which you have a reduced or complete loss of sensation. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may have tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness or burning pain in the feet. This means that you may step on something or injure your foot and be unaware of it. Wounds that are left without treatment can lead to ulcerations and amputations.
The good news is your SOLE THERAPY podiatry team can help avoid complications from diabetic peripheral neuropathy by providing the following services:
- Yearly diabetic foot assessments where we check the amount of feeling you have in your feet
- Assess and advise on footwear to avoid corns and callus
- Check in with out about new symptoms during your regular skin and nail care treatments
- Design and make orthotics to offload pressures
Unfortunately, there is no know cure for peripheral neuropathy. Our goal, in combination with your health care team, is to slow the progression of the neuropathy, to maintain foot health, reduce pain and improve your quality of life!
Some SOLE THERAPY top tips for at home care of feet with diabetic peripheral neuropathy are:
- Thoroughly check your feet for undetected trauma to skin and toenails
- Remember to dry in between your toes
- Apply cream daily to stop cracked heels
- Check the inside of your shoes before putting them on
If you have diabetes come and visit SOLE THERAPY. Our team are more than equipped and experienced to help with any diabetic complications.
Words from one of our Podiatrist's,