Diabetes and Foot Facts

Diabetes is the fastest growing non-infectious disease in the world, with more than one million people in Australia now diagnosed. Australia has the second highest lower limb amputation rate in the developed world, with one Australian losing a lower limb every 3 hours as a direct result of diabetes related foot disease. The foot is a complex machine which consists of:

– 26 bones or one quarter of the bones in the human body.

– 33 joints, 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.

– A network of blood vessels, nerves, skin and soft tissues.

• 280 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day.

• There are more than 4,400 diabetes related amputations per year in Australia.

• Type 2 Diabetes is driven by preventable factors such as obesity, poor diet, lack of physical activity, smoking and alcohol.

• 10,000 hospital admissions per year are related to Diabetic Foot Ulcers.

• 60% of the world’s population have different sized left and right feet.

• 80% of people purchase incorrectly fitting footwear, which in the case of diabetes, can have serious implications to prevent complications, it is important to detect problems early.

All people with diabetes should have their feet checked at least once a year by a Podiatrist. At Wanneroo Podiatry we do just that, with a friendly, professional and caring approach.

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