Foot Related Conditions
Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder with relative or absolute lack of insulin. Insulin is essential for the body to convert sugar to energy. There are three types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: the pancreas produces very little or no insulin.
- Type 2 Diabetes: the pancreas produces insufficient insulin, or the body does not effectively utilize the insulin produced. This type is more common.
- Gestational diabetes: this is a rare temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy.
Any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive discharge of urine and persistent thirst, especially one of the two types of diabetes mellitus.
How does it affect my feet?
People with diabetes need to pay proper attention to their feet as problems may occur due to either circulation or nerve changes. Here are some foot complications that people with diabetes may encounter:
- Ingrown toenails
- Ulcers & Wounds
What does a Chiropodist do?
- Treatments for the various complications include:
- Simple debridement (trimming down) of corns or calluses
- Reshaping ingrown toenails or a surgery procedure
- Pressure-relieving padding, insoles or orthotics
- Evaluation, debridement, and appropriate dressings for ulcers. Learn more about foot ulcers and wounds, healing diabetic foot ulcers with weight distribution and total contact casting.
Any of the above conditions, if left untreated, may result in serious complications requiring more aggressive therapies and hospitalization. Get proper, professional, Diabetic Footcare from a chiropodist to prevent such problems so you can put your best foot forward.
- Tips on Living with Diabetes
- When is Diabetes Awareness Month – and why should you care?
- Foot care – a step toward good health (Canadian Diabetes Association)
- Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) (Canadian Diabetes Association)
Many people with diabetes experience problems with their feet. You can prevent severe issues by understanding the risk factors and following the basic guidelines suggested by your diabetes health care team. We’re on your side. Talk to us today!
Articles of Interest
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness month so let’s educate ourselves .....
Treat Diabetic Ulcers with Total Contact Casting
Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes and require .....