Diabetes is a complex group of conditions that results in the body’s sugar levels being too high. The most common form is Type 2 Diabetes. It is a progressive condition where the body initially is resistant to the normal effects of insulin and then eventually loses the ability to produce enough insulin.
Having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two complications of the disease: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation.
- PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY: Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of nerve(s) apart from the brain and spinal cord. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may have tingling, numbness, unusual sensations, weakness or burning pain in the feet.
- POOR CIRCULATION: Poor circulation of the legs and feet can lead to serious complications including open wounds that don’t heal properly and cramping in the calves.
- CHARCOT FOOT: Charcot’s foot is a condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy). As the disorder progresses, the joints collapse and the foot takes on an abnormal shape, such as a rocker-bottom appearance.
For those with diabetes, small foot problems can turn into serious complications. It is recommended that people with diabetes see our Podiatrist’s regularly to prevent ulceration, foot complications and infection.
What can Sole Therapy do for me?
People with diabetes should have their feet examined often. Here at Sole Therapy during these appointments, we can inspect your feet for circulation issues, early signs of nerve damage and other foot problems that may cause infections. Information provided from examinations done during these visits will allow your Podiatrist to provide personalised care to maintain good foot health.
A small tip from us at Sole Therapy is to KEEP AN EYE for cuts, cracks, blisters and other signs of the beginning of a wound. So if you do experience a sore on your foot book an appointment today with our expert team and we will offer you a suitable care plan.