Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly.

If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.

People with diabetes should pay close attention to their feet and legs, because they are prone to problems such as:

  • Loss of feeling and circulation in the feet
  • Changes in the shape of the feet
  • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal
  • Increased risk of infection in the feet and legs which can lead to amputation.

Regular assessment of the feet by a podiatrist is important as this allows detection of early changes in the nerves and blood vessels.

Your podiatrist can help to advise you on these issues and can treat or refer on to more specialised care if required. Contact us here for more details.

For more information, you can view the Diabetes UK website here.

Arthritis is a disease of the joints which causes them to become inflamed and stiffen.

There are many types of arthritis the most common of which are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Although there is no known cure for it we can help ease the pressure on the affected joints and therefore reduce the pain and inconvenience. Joint mobilisation and manipulation techniques are used where indicated to help reduce pain and stiffness in the joints. We can also prescribe appropriately designed shoe inserts called orthoses. These redistribute the loads in the skin and joints and help to reduce the pain that typically occurs during standing and walking.

Your podiatrist can help by managing skin problems and reducing pressure from deformities using appropriately designed orthotic insoles. Contact us here for more details.

For more information, you can view the Arthritis Research UK website here.