Diabetic foot care treatment and advice in Guildford Surrey.
Our diabetic foot care treatment services, at Solely Feet we take care of feet affected by diabetes. Diabetes is a condition which affects the whole body and occurs because the body is unable to process and store sugar properly; therefore a high level of sugar remains in the blood.
There are 2 types of diabetes:
Type 1 – which often starts in childhood or as a result of a post viral complications and means the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin at all. For these patients, insulin is the only treatment and must be given as an injection for life.
Type 2 – where the body does not produce enough insulin to cope with the sugar in the diet or is unable to process sugar in the body correctly. Diabetes type 2 is not curable, but it is treatable with a sensible diet, exercise, and a possible medication regime. It often is caused by years of unhealthy eating and is related to obesity.
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. The symptom of this in the feet is impaired sensation does not give a normal warning sign of pain e.g. if there is a stone in your shoe or the bath water is too hot.
- Peripheral vascular disease – diabetes affects fat metabolism in your body, the peripheral blood vessels can become furred and narrower, thus restricting blood flow to the feet. This will have a negative effect on wound healing as oxygen and nutrient supply is limited by poor 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.