Diabetic foot care treatment and advice.
If you have diabetes, professional foot care is invaluable. At Solely Feet we offer a comprehensive service for people who are affected by diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes – Around 8% of people with diabetes in the UK have type 1 diabetes. It is a serious and lifelong condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin. This type of diabetes often starts in childhood or as a result of post-viral complications.
Type 2 Diabetes – Around 90% of people with diabetes in the UK have type 2 diabetes. It is a serious condition in which the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. Whilst it isn’t curable, it can be treated with a sensible diet, exercise and a medication regime.
Diabetic Foot Care Issues
After having had a high level of sugar in the blood for a long time (people are often diagnosed many years after symptoms first begin), diabetes can be the cause of many foot problems:
- Nerve Damage (peripheral neuropathy) – having a high level of sugar in the blood can damage the nerves responsible for sensation in the feet causing them to be unresponsive. This means you don’t receive the normal warning signs of pain caused by a stone in your shoe, or bath water being too hot, for example, thus causing potential injury.
- Peripheral vascular disease – diabetes affects fat metabolism in our body. The peripheral blood vessels can become furred and narrowed, thus restricting blood flow to the feet. This impacts wound healing as oxygen and nutrient supply is limited by the impaired blood supply.
At Solely Feet we provide annual (or as frequent as you might wish) foot health checks, which include testing of the level of sensation in your feet as well as the quality of blood flow to your feet. We will inform your GP about the findings.
Call us on 01483 569 550 or use or online enquiry form for more information on our diabetic foot care treatments.