Diabetes is very common amongst the Irish population. Diabetes can affect certain parts/organs of the body if it isn’t managed well and it’s longstanding.
While type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common, there is also type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes.
Over time, diabetes can cause loss of protective sensation in the feet, and that can become a real problem. If you can’t feel your feet, you can’t feel a wound. If that’s the case, you could be walking around with an open wound, which leaves it prone to getting infected. From there, the rest can get messy.
We want to prevent any of that from happening. As podiatrists, we believe that it is extremely important to know what’s going on with your feet. We perform diabetic assessments in order to have a sound understanding of what’s going on with the nerve supply and blood supply to the feet.
The nerves are there to provide feedback, which essentially is how well you can feel the ground.
The blood supply is important as it dictates how well a wound can heal.
If you feel like you have any symptoms of diabetes, make sure you consult your GP for further assessment.
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