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What are the dangers of Diabetes for your foot health? Reviewed here

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Diabetic foot problems


Prolonged exposure to high glucose levels can impair blood vessels and nerves, a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. The diminished sensation in the feet, coupled with compromised blood flow, makes individuals with diabetes prone to injuries and infections that often go unnoticed.

Early detection of complications is pivotal. Regular check-ups to assess sensory perception, vascular health, and skin integrity is important. Identifying warning signs such as changes in skin colour, temperature, or the presence of calluses enables timely intervention and reduces the risk of complications.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), prevalent in diabetic individuals, necessitates focused interventions to improve blood flow. Lifestyle modifications, medication management, and in some cases, revascularisation procedures may be considered.

Diabetic Ulcers


Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) pose a significant health risk as they can lead to severe complications, including infections and amputations. The most crucial aspect preventing DFUs is maintaining optimal glycemic control.

Wound care is a fundamental component of DFU treatment. Cleaning the ulcer, removing dead tissue (debridement), and applying dressings are essential steps in promoting healing and preventing infection. Advanced wound care techniques, including growth factors, bioengineered tissues, and negative pressure wound therapy are options to accelerate the healing process.

Offloading pressure from the affected foot is critical to reduce stress on the ulcer and promote healing. This may involve the use of specialised footwear, braces, or crutches to relieve pressure on the affected area. Offloading redistributes weight and minimises further trauma to the ulcerated tissue.

In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. Procedures such as skin grafts, flap reconstruction, or even amputation may be considered. Early detection and intervention play a pivotal role in preventing the progression of DFUs to more severe stages that may require surgical solutions.




A chiropodist assesses diagnoses and treats diseases and abnormalities of the feet and lower limbs. A chiropodist can significantly improve a person’s quality of life by alleviating painful symptoms and promoting and maintaining mobility. Whelehan’s Pearse St has chiropodist James Pedley in store in our private treatment room every Tuesday. Book at


Chiropodist at Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar, James Pedley is available Tuesday, and you can book at .


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