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So You've Been Diagnosed with Diabetes – what now?

Article | Whittlesea Foot & Ankle Clinic (April 12, 2018 9:41 am)


Diabetes is a common ailment throughout the entire world with two different varieties plaguing different aspects of the population at all times.  The first time of diabetes is genetic and unpreventable, while the second type is dependent on lifestyle conditions.  Both forms of diabetes can have extremely detrimental affects on the ankles, lower legs and feet of suffers, and your podiatrist may be the first to detect these issues.  There is some vital information that you should know about diabetes, and treatments available at Whittlesea Podiatry.

I'm diabetic, what does that mean?

Diabetes full name is Diabetes mellitus, and it's a group of metabolic disorders involving high blood sugar levels over a long period of time.  Under normal working conditions, the pancreas secrets a chemical called insulin into the bloodstream to counteract the effects of high blood sugar.  But over time, the insulin receptors secrete less insulin, and the effects of high blood sugar compound in the body.  This series of diseases produces a whole host of problems within the body, including substantial damage to the feet, ankles and lower legs.

What happens to my ankles, feet and lower legs with advanced diabetes?

Improperly managed diabetes can cause nerve damage.  If the damage is localized in the legs and feet, then those areas will not register heat, cold or pain.  This is a condition called “sensory diabetic neuropathy.”  A limb effected by this condition could acquire a cut or a sore, and then get infected and require amputation in the worst case.

What assessments can Whittlesea podiatry offer?

Whittlesea podiatry offers a number of different assessments including walking and gait analysis to locate and identify any high pressure areas that may produce long term effects; footwear assessments for the exact needs of the patient; skin and nail conditions to avoid any future injuries especially when blood and nerve supply is at stake.

What can I do?

For Type 1 diabetics, the only options available for treatment are management.  The body doesn't produce insulin and never has.  Regular, daily insulin injections are required.  Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a lifestyle dependent disorder and can be turned around with proper diet, and blood glucose management.  In the meantime, keep your safe clean and safe with a regular daily foot-care regimen including through cleaning, drying, and inspection.  Keep your nails cut, clean with any edges filed down.  Keep your heels and soles moisturized, but wife off excess moisture as this can cause infection.  Naturally ensure you wear well-fitted shoes, and white socks – as white will make any drainage easy to see.

Conclusion:

Life is complicated and the good people at Whittlesea Podiatry or podiatrist Whittlesea  know that.  For some, especially those with diabetes, it is even more complicated.  If you're one of those people from whom your life has grown considerably more complicated, then it's good to know that there are good podiatrists out there who know what they're doing, and will take good care of you before circumstance grow immeasurably worse.

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