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Diabetic Foot Surgery

Surgeon John Budd in theatre

What leads to foot problems?

Diabetes is a disease in which high blood glucose levels over time can damage the nerves, kidneys, eyes, and blood vessels and also leads to impairment of the immune system.

Diabetes is increasing in prevalence in today’s society and diabetic patients commonly develop foot problems which can quickly become serious if not managed properly. In fact diabetes is the commonest cause of leg amputations today.

Foot care amongst diabetics is incredibly important. Even small ulcers on the foot can represent a serious risk: they may heal extremely slowly and need rigorous treatment to cure. Foot ulcers affect as many as 1 out of every 10 diabetes sufferers, during the entirety of their condition.

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often because of two complications of diabetes: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor blood circulation.

Neuropathy causes loss of feeling in the feet, taking away the ability to feel pain and discomfort.

Poor circulation in the feet reduces the body’s ability to heal, making it hard for even a tiny cut to resist infection.

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