DIABETIC PODIATRY/PODIATRIST QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic health condition there are two predominant types of diabetes, Type I Diabetes: Type I Diabetes means that your body can no longer produce insulin and relies on you injecting artificial insulin to counteract blood suger levels. Type II Diabetes:Type II Diabetes means that you are resistant to insulin allowing your blood sugar levels to increase if left unchecked.
What is Peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition which leads to loss of sensation in the feet and lower legs. It can be caused by several things such as Diabetes, chemotherapy, lower back issues, Vitamin B12 deficiency and several other conditions. It is important to undergo a Diabetes foot assessment annually. At this time we will assess your neurological status and rule out any loss of protective sensation.
What is peripheral arterial disease(PAD)?
PAD or Peripheral Arterial Disease is the term used to describe a lack of circulation to the extremities. As Podiatrists Our focus is blood flow to the feet; The feet are considered the most peripheral part of the body. Lack of circulation to the feet can lead to pain, disability, ulceration and amputation. Having regular check ups with your Podiatrist if you have any risk factors for PAD is important to ensure early detection of PAD.
How does Diabetes effect my feet?
Diabetic feet are at a higher risk of amputation and ulceration. With the most common pathways to ulceration being neuropathy, PAD and an increased chance of infection. Other presentations that we see can include painful neuropathy and charcot joints.