Borders Podiatry & Chiropody







The Diabetic Foot

Diabetes is a condition which is affecting a growing number of the population. There are 3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK & an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition, but don't know it.
What happens when you have diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body can not use it properly. This is because your pancreas doesn't produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body's cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).
Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter the body's cells, where it is used as fuel for energy so we can work, play and generally live our is vital for life!
Glucose comes from digesting carbohydrates and is also produced by the liver. If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper use of this glucose so it builds up in the blood and can't be used as fuel. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Most people understand that diabetes has an effect on blood glucose, but fewer understand the implications for feet.
As a diabetic it is so important to look after your feet as foot problems can affect anyone who has diabetes.
Diabetes, particularly if it is poorly controlled, can damage nerves, muscles, sweat glands and circulation in the feet and legs leading to amputations. Reviewing and treating the feet of people with diabetes regularly helps lower the risk of foot complications.
Did you know.......
Diabetes is the most common cause of lower limb amputations.
100 people a week lose a toe, foot or lower limb due to diabetes.
Around one in twenty people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer in one year.
More than one in ten foot ulcers result in the amputation of a foot or a leg.
The rate of leg amputations in people with diabetes is over 15 times higher than in people without.
Up to 70 per cent of people die within five years of having an amputation as a result of diabetes.


Should you see a Podiatrist?
Yes! If you are diabetic it is essential to have regular foot checks and our Podiatrists can help. A diabetic foot assessment and correct maintanance of your nails and callus can reduce your risk of complications, pain and ulceration. Why not contact us now to book an appointment.


Useful Links
Diabetes UK
NHS Choices ~ Diabetes


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