Diabetes is a common condition that affects the lives of many in the United Kingdom. There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes some of which are unaware of a problem.
Diabetes is a complex long term condition characterised by the accumulation of glucose in the body, it is seen as a direct result of the body inability to produce or use insulin effectively. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 often appears from early age, and is insulin dependent. Type 2 is far more common and is often stabilised by dietary or medication. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes are type 2. Although there are many more people with high blood sugar levels above the normal range are not classed high enough to be diagnosed with the disease.
Here at First Step Clinic we understand people with diabetes may be at risk of developing foot problems. Therefore; it is beneficial to be screened, at least annually, to detect the presence of neuropathy, numbness, loss of sensation, ischaemia and/or foot deformity. Annual review allows for the identification and monitoring of any changes in an individual’s foot risk status.
At First Step clinic we have the specialist skills to examine and assess Vascular and Neurological Status. If you feel there might be a problem please feel free to contact us where our Podiatrist can offer Diabetic Foot Assessments.
We can provide GP’s with reports and treat where required.
Remember it’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible as it will get progressively worse if left untreated. If neglected, can lead to damage to other organs such as the kidneys, eyes, heart, nerves and blood vessels which worsen with other risk factors such as smoking, poor diet, obesity and raised blood pressure. If you have symptoms, such as feeling thirsty, passing urine more often than usual, and feeling tired all the time you should therefore visit your GP as soon as possible.