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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

Jane Lawler

It’s true, chocolate is delicious! Many of us over indulge at Easter time and our blood sugar levels go sky high. And even though this is not great for our health, most of us recover from this sugar high (although our skin might take a bit longer!).

For people with diabetes, this is not the best time of the year. Diabetes is a condition in which the body can’t maintain a healthy level of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a type of sugar and build up in people with diabetes can cause health problems. These range from mild health problems to even death if the diabetes is not treated.

Diabetes is a chronic condition which lasts a lifetime. This is particularly true of Type 1 diabetes which is an auto-immune condition affecting the pancreas (the pancreas is responsible for producing insulin which converts glucose into energy).

Diabetes can affect your feet and cause damage to blood vessels and nerves. This might present as a numb feeling in your feet (called peripheral neuropathy). It can also affect the circulation in your feet.

If you have diabetes, changes to your feet may be gradual and you may not notice them to begin with. It is for this reason that you should have your feet screened every year.

Remember to check your feet everyday, and wash them everyday too (it’s amazing how many people don’t!). Avoid walking barefoot as you risk an injury to your feet, and avoid tight elastic on your socks. Make  sure you attend to any cuts, blisters and abrasions, and if you’re concerned, see your podiatrist or GP straight away.

If you have difficult toenails or hard skin (corns or callouses), it’s important to see your podiatrist. Do not attempt to remove corns or callouses yourself and do not use medicated corn removal pads from the Chemist. Your podiatrist can treat these and advise on prevention or treatments to help reduce the rate of them coming back. The podiatrist can also check your footwear is right for you.
 
If you have diabetes book a foot health check appointment to come in and see us at Junction Foot and Ankle Group.