Diabetes and Your Feet

Diabetes Foot Health

Diabetes presents a serious and deadly effect to the health of an individual. It's collateral effect could even affect the family and the society. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.


Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012.


Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation. Early diagnosis and intervention is the starting point for living well with diabetes.


Podiatrists are trained to check for risk factors that are associated with diabetes. They help you screen and detect problem early to prevent ulcers and other complications. However, the structures of your feet, the way how you walk, and the pressure under the feet are often overlooked or not even checked. At Toe to Toe Podiatry, we make sure to check the mechanical risk factors as well the vascular and neuropathic risk factors. Every diabetic patient that comes into Toe to Toe Podiatry will always get a pressure testing with our high-tech sensitive pressure plate. Your baseline measurements are always being compared each time you come back for a follow up. 


Specialty

16-point foot risk factor test; digital high-tech pressure analysis, digital motion analysis; long term management