The rise of diabetes has been in the news a lot of late. More than three million people in the UK are being treated for diabetes – an increase of nearly 60% in the past 10 years. Despite the effect the condition can have on your feet, podiatry for people with diabetes is one of the most overlooked aspects of diabetes management. JBM Podiatry, based in both Nantwich and Abergele, offers a personal and sensitive service from qualified podiatrists to tackle issues such as diabetic foot pain ,diabetic foot ulcers and rheumatoid arthritis
HOW CAN DIABETES AFFECT MY FEET?
Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the nerve systems in your body, preventing important messages getting to and from your brain. As the nerves to your legs and feet are the longest ones, they are most likely to be affected. Nerve damage is also sometimes called neuropathy, and it can lead to the damage to sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves. This nerve damage can allow injuries or conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers to remain unnoticed.
We offer a discreet, sympathetic diabetic foot care service, which will include performing checks on your feet. These may include –
- Neurological assessment
- Vascular assessment
- Dermatological assessment
- Musculoskeletal assessment
- Risk assessment
UNDERSTANDING RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
The specific cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown but there are a few different ideas. Some people may be genetically more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis but it usually takes a chemical or environmental trigger to activate the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis causes your body’s immune system to turn against itself, and therefore instead of protecting the joints, the body produces substances that attack and inflame them. This can particularly affect the feet, especially with ankle arthritis or toe arthritis.
FOOT ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Our professionals are able to offer expert advice and recommendations on which treatments will best alleviate your personal foot arthritis symptoms,
which may include:
- Joint pain
- General stiffness
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden weight loss