It may surprise some but podiatry plays a critical role in preventing lower leg amputations due to diabetes, and such eye-popping facts should be much better known later this month.
On the 14th November 2016, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) will launch their 2016 campaign ‘Eyes on Diabetes’, with the objective being to raise awareness of diabetes throughout the world: what it’s like to live with diabetes and the complications that come with diabetes.
Another fact not widely known is that diabetes is one of the key causes of blindness, but it is also the leading cause of lower limb amputations, with most cases occurring in people with type 2 diabetes. People who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo a lower limb amputation than people living without the condition. In 70-90% of these cases, all lower limb amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer.
The knock on effect of having an amputation is clearly catastrophic for the patient and their relatives, and can alter profoundly their standard of life. It’s also hugely costly to the NHS: amputations costing between £600-£700m a year.
Podiatry Treatment and Diabetes
Podiatrists play a vital role in the treatment, management and prevention of lower limb amputations associated with diabetes and we are hugely fortunate here at The Brookdale Clinic that our expert Podiatrist, Lisa Searle, is well-placed to deal with any diabetic patents in Cheshire and surrounding areas. The majority of her 24 years of clinical experience has been spent working as part of a specialist hospital team treating people with limb threatening foot problems. A high percentage of her work was, therefore, looking after people with diabetes.
Our podiatrist, due to her experience, is more than aware of the risk of diabetic foot disease and will carry out annual foot checks and regular monitoring, looking for any changes in the patient’s foot health. Following an annual foot check, Lisa is also able to offer an appropriate management plan.