Local NHS Trusts have joined forces to raise awareness of Foot Health Month (June) and Diabetes Week (11-17 June).
The Liverpool Diabetes Partnership is running a series of sessions across Liverpool to highlight the importance of good foot health.
The sessions will offer advice and feature demonstrations about how to check and take care of our feet, as well as providing guidance and myth busting for people living with diabetes.
Your feet take the whole weight of your body, with more than 100 moveable parts, 26 bones and 20 muscles so it's important to take good care of them. There are many common foot problems including corns and callus (hard skin), bunions and ingrowing toenails. People living with diabetes are at greater risk of developing foot problems and the raised levels of glucose (sugar) can damage the sensation in your feet.
Diabetes can also affect circulation, which can lead to less blood supply to your feet. Without a good blood supply you may have problems with cuts and sores healing. If you don’t get these problems treated, they could lead to foot ulcers, infections and, at worst, amputations.
The Liverpool Diabetes Partnership is an integrated service jointly run by Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and the sessions will involve an interactive information stand, with advice and demonstrations at the following venues:
• Monday 11 June, 9:30am until 4pm, Sainsbury’s Walton, Rice Lane, L9
• Thursday 14 June, 9:30am until 4pm, Williamson Square, Liverpool City centre, L1
• Friday 15 June, 9am until 4pm, Edge Lane Retail Park, Liverpool.
Gemma Cartledge, podiatry team leader said “Our aim is to help people address and overcome any foot problems that they are experiencing in order to keep them as mobile for as long as possible so that they may experience a better quality of life.”
Juliette Palmer, diabetes nurse for Liverpool Diabetes Partnership said: “The main signs and symptoms of diabetes include feeling more thirsty, tiredness, urinating frequently (particularly at night), and sometimes weight loss although not everyone experiences these symptoms.”
Juliette continues “Our simple message is that Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with simple lifestyle and diet changes and also with medication. However, it can become much more detrimental to your health, if left undiagnosed – so if you have any concerns at all, please seek advice from your Doctor.”
If you do experience painful feet on a regular basis, please do not ignore it - there is almost always something that can be done to help. Now is the time to maintain a good foot care regime and keep a watchful eye on your feet.
If you would like to access the Podiatry Service, application forms are available on the website – www.merseycare.nhs.uk or from one of the local community clinics.
Referral into LDP is through your GP, although for attendance at an education session you can call and book through 0151 529 2130