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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. In people with diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar) or doesn't properly use the insulin it does produce. This can cause a range of symptoms, including excessive thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney damage. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in childhood, while type 2 diabetes is more common in adults.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, meaning no insulin is produced. This causes glucose to quickly rise in the blood.

No one knows precisely why this occurs, yet science lets us know it doesn't have anything to do with diet or way of life.

Around 10% of individuals with diabetes have Type 1.

Type 2 diabetes

In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't make sufficient insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn't work as expected, meaning glucose develops in the blood.

Type 2 diabetes is brought about by a perplexing transaction of hereditary and natural variables. Up to 58 percent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be postponed or forestalled through a solid way of life.

Around 90% of individuals with diabetes have Type 2.

How does diabetes affect your feet?

  • Decrease in sensation in the feet

  • Unfortunate dissemination

  • Expanded hazard of contamination

  • Unfortunate recuperating

  • Ulcerations (non-recuperating wounds)

  • Removal risk

​​Diabetes can harm your veins specifically the miniature veins that supply the skin and the nerves that are related to sensation. Unfortunate sensation and dissemination to the feet can genuinely affect a singular's foot wellbeing making ulcerations happen. Ulcerations of the foot are serious things causing a potential infection and tissue demise all leading to a conceivable removal of the impacted region. Assuming you notice any indications of foot ulceration, rankling, redness, hotness, or aggravation, you should see a Podiatrist or Urgent care right away.

A few key facts from our podiatry team to help you manage your feet and prevent the effects of diabetes on your feet:

  • Keep up with great control of your diabetic blood glucose levels (sugar levels)

  • Really take a look at your feet every day

  • Apply an emollient, for example, CCS cream on your feet every day, except not between the toes.

  • Wear reasonable strong shoes

  • Cut your nails straight across

  • Have your feet examined consistently with your Podiatrist or Diabetic medical attendant on your feet

How can The Functional Podiatrist help?

The Podiatry group at The Functional Podiatrist has practical experience in dealing with the diabetic foot.  We give a careful diabetic foot screening. At our clinic, there is a pressure plate that can scan your foot and determine the risky areas.  With this data, your profoundly prepared Podiatrist can create an orthotic gadget that will offload areas of pinnacle pressure and lessen the "in danger" region of your foot.

The Podiatrists can also deal with any intense side effects and give a careful date clinical care plan for the diabetic foot.

The different treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan will be outlined to you. We strive to educate the patient and provide them with the tools to stay injury-free. 


If you would like to book an appointment please click the link or call us on 01748883069

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