Diabetes and Arthritis

Diabetes and Arthritis

Diabetes and Rheumatology footcare

What is it?

Diabetes is a disease where the body does not use or produce insulin properly. It can lead to serious health complications.

Rheumatism is any combination of muscle or joint pain, stiffness or discomfort arising from non-specific disorders which are chronic or recurrent. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder of the joints caused by gradual loss of cartilage and resulting in the development of bony spurs and cysts at the margins of the joint.

Why treat it?

Diabetes increases the body’s vulnerability to infection. It can result in dryness of skin leading to callus, corns and cracks. The circulation and nerves are also affected. When nerves are affected there can be a loss of sensation or numbness/tingling. This can be problematic as a person with diabetes may not feel pain or minor injuries to the foot. If neglected, an unobserved infection can occur which can lead to more serious bacterial infections. With diabetes affecting circulation, wound healing is reduced and fewer nutrients in the blood are able to get around to the feet affecting foot health.

It is important for a patient with arthritis to be treated as they can develop painful lumps, inflammation or stiffness which can all lead to infection in high pressure areas.

How can I help you?

I can make sure all complications are significantly limited; and in some cases prevented altogether. From an initial assessment, a preventative treatment plan can be created specific to the individual needs for maintenance, protection, and active treatment of problems that do develop. Controlling or repairing structural problems will often result in prevention of wounds, which in turn will prevent infection and in extreme cases gangrene and amputation. All high risk groups should have a full check up every 6 months.

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Maninder Bharj BSc (Hons), MSCh, HPC Reg
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