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With the colder months now upon us, the team at Gosforth Physio & Wellness is aiming to keep clients in peak physical condition, from tip to toe. If you live with diabetes, then the drop in temperatures could make you and your extremities especially vulnerable to complications. Using our Newcastle-based Diabetic Foot Assessments, we can stamp out the problem, as it were. Read on to learn more.

Why Have Diabetic Foot Care?

In the event of injury, the healing process is dependent on the delivery of nutrients. Worryingly, diabetes can impede this recovery due to the narrowing of arteries in the feet, meaning sores, cuts and other open wounds will likely worsen. Moreover, diabetes’ effect on blood sugar levels and circulation has further repercussions, with the potential to cause significant nerve damage leading to a condition known as Peripheral Neuropathy. With the nerves now damaged, messages of touch, temperature and pain do not get relayed to the brain. Whilst a lack of pain may initially sound like a welcome relief, we ought to remember that pain is in fact our body’s warning signal, showing that something’s wrong.  As such, an individual may sustain an injury but not recognise it before it’s too late and an infection has set in.

What to Expect

Now that you have some compelling medical reasons to undergo an assessment, you’ll be wondering what the appointment itself entails. Firstly, our qualified podiatrist completes a thorough examination of your feet. This involves testing for sensation, circulation and identifying any tell-tale signs of injury, whilst also asking a series of questions regarding changes or problems with your feet. From discussing a client’s management of their diabetes to establishing the frequency of cramps, our experts ensure every base is covered. From here, a client’s shoes are checked, identifying any fitting issues before providing expert diabetic foot care advice and a bespoke management plan.

Take your first steps to improved foot care with our professional diabetic foot assessment. Simply contact our Newcastle chiropodist on 0191 284 9111 to book your appointment or look online for more information.

Kevin Kennedy

Director / Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Kevin is an Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist and Pilates instructor with a special interest in neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions and pain.

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