Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar, or glucose, in the bloodstream.
Poor blood sugar regulation can lead to a variety of symptoms that may require medical management. For information on the causes and symptoms of Diabetes see https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
Physiotherapy can help those living with diabetes to reduce the risk of developing secondary health problems and manage complications of diabetes.
One of the secondary complications of Diabetes that PhysioFunction are experts in managing is Distal Neuropathy, or Diabetic Footdrop. The muscles of the ankle and knee are progressively weakened by damage to the nerves activating them (diabetic neuropathy) which results in an altered walking pattern. Characteristically the toe drags as it lifts from the floor and the foot slaps down at the end of a step.
Our expert Physiotherapists will be able to assess and advise you on the best way to help you manage this problem.
Commonly this will involve hands on therapy, a stretching programme, exercise therapy (see below) and gait re-education.
We can offer assessment and advice on orthotics or splints that may help prevent the foot catching on the floor. The Turbomed splint from Talarmade is an innovative solution, it is particularly good for those with diabetes as the splint fits onto the shoe thus minimising any irritation of the foot by a splint inserted in the shoe
An exercise programme that includes cardiovascular and strengthening exercises will help the body self-regulate glucose levels, which lessens the risk of complications with insulin resistance
It is important that any such exercise programme is tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. At PhysioFunction, our experienced Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists will ensure that any complications of Diabetes such as disturbances to sensation, muscle strength, circulation, vision and balance are taken into account when guiding you through an exercise programme.
We are able to offer exercise in a variety of settings and by using the exercise technology that we have available in our clinic we can build a programme that best suits your needs.
In our gym we can help you work in the open gym space on balance, strength, co-ordination and cardiovascular exercise.
The AlterG will allow you to exercise on a treadmill with support, so if you have reduced fitness, balance or sensation you will be safely supported whilst working.
The MindMotion Go is virtual reality therapy tool that is a great way of working on balance, strength and co-ordination
Hydrotherapy allows you to exercise in warm water this is beneficial as it , allows a greater freedom of controlled movement with the benefits of the support of the water.