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Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. It affects the ability of body to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn glucose (sugar) into energy.

According to the World Health Organisation, over 100 million people in the world are diagnosed with diabetes because of these following main reasons:

  • unhealthy eating habits
  • improper diet
  • stress
  • obesity

When left untreated, diabetes can lead to potential complications such as;

  • blindness
  • stroke
  • kidney damage
  • heart attacks
  • lower limb amputation

19 Diabetic Symptoms You Should Not Take For Granted

1. Malfunction of pancreas

Your body will not produce the enough sugar that it needs if you have poorly functioning or worst, a non-functioning pancreas.

2. Immoderate urination

An early warning sign of diabetes that some people sometimes ignore is the frequent urination

3. Protein in the urine

Your kidneys may be damaged or either not functioning well if high levels of protein is found in your urine.

4. Ketoacidosis

This produce high levels of toxic acids which can be life threatening.

5. Damage nerve
6. Dry or cracked skin especially on the feet
7. Foot problems

Diabetes increases risk of calluses, infections, or even foot ulcers.

8. Fatigue and lack of energy
9. Increase in blood pressure
10. Cataracts and glaucoma
11. Breath that has a sweet scent
12. Extreme thirst
13. Visual disturbances
14. Risk of stroke
15. Loss of consciousness
16. Heart disease risk
17. Infections risk
18. Gastroparesis
19. Damaged blood vessels

Do’s and Don’t If You Are Suffering From Diabetes

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid refined food such as maida, chocolate, canned fruits
  • Have almonds, peanuts, chanas, walnuts.
  • Have a protein rich diet – include sprouts in meal

Diabetes can have an incredibly detrimental impact on the foot health. Patients with diabetes are at higher risk of developing foot ulcers and infections, if left untreated, can lead to complications resulting in amputation.

According to Diabetes Australia, there are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes and in 2005, more than 1000 people with diabetes died as a direct result of foot ulcers and lower limb wounds – around 8% of all diabetes related deaths.

One of our StepEase podiatrists can assist patients with diabetes to monitor and manage conditions of high risk by conducting early tests to determine nerve damage. The most effective treatments occur in cases where changes in blood flow and nerve conduction competence are detected early.

Furthermore, podiatrists can also treat accelerated cases with wound care, treatment of infection, and pressure relieving strategies.

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