Annual Diabetic Foot Health Check £95
Recommended for: Patients with diabetes or those who are pre-diabetic
A specialised check-up for diabetic patients, those at risk or even just those who've had a change to more sedentary lifestyle. As well as a more detailed examination of patient lifestyle and medical history the podiatrist will perform tests including vascular and sensory neuropathy.
If you've been unable to take regular exercise and eaten far more junk food than you should have lately, this will be a highly beneficial check-up.
Our bodies get their energy from the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugar - glucose. Try chewing a piece of white bread for a while and you realise the mush actually tastes a little sweet. The glucose is converted to energy by a hormone we call insulin. Some people are born unable to make any insulin at all - this is known as Type I diabetes, and it's a disease present from birth.
For the majority, the type of diabetes likely to be encountered is Type II. Here the insulin doesn't work right. There's either not enough of it or it doesn't work as effectively as it should. If it’s left untreated it can affect the nerves and blood vessels in your feet, as well as your eyes, kidneys and even your heart. The findings linking diabetes to Covid-19 have brought this disease into even greater focus in the last few months.
Fortunately, podiatry is being recognised as one of the frontlines in the fight against diabetes and good foot health, and with the correct treatment and care we’ll help you live a healthier life. Learn more about diabetes here and how a podiatrist can help you.