diabetic feet



A podiatrist who has treated more than 200,000 feet during his

career has launched a book aimed specifically at people with



odiatrist Peter Allton's

book, Undefeeted by

Diabetes: a Step-byStep Guide to Keep

your Feet Healthy for

Life, is aimed at those with diabetes, their

family members, friends and those at risk

of developing diabetes. Allton has 27

years of experience as a podiatrist, having

qualified as a podiatrist in 1988. After

spending 13 years working in community

and hospital clinics for the NHS in the UK,

Peter set up his private practise in 2001,

Circle Podiatry, a multi-award-winning

private podiatry company.

As someone who lives with Type 2

diabetes, Allton knows how important

education is to managing the condition.

When his daughter was diagnosed with

Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11, Allton

decided to take action and promote good

foot health for people with diabetes.

Dr Gerry Rayman, Lead Diabetologist

at Ipswich Hospital and a Medical

Advisor to Diabetes UK said of the

launch, "Undefeeted by Diabetes is

about empowering people with diabetes

to understand and take control of their

condition. Peter has drawn on his

experience as a podiatrist with patients

with diabetes and tried to understand

what causes the complications of

diabetes and why we, as a profession,

have let them down. We haven't made

diabetics aware of what to do and how

to spot the warning signs. We can patch

people up but it's much better to give

people the ability to prevent complications


Allton hopes too raise awareness of

lower limb complications in diabetes as

it is estimated that every 20 seconds,

somewhere in the world, a person

with diabetes is undergoing a lower

limb amputation. It is estimated that

85% of these could be avoided. As he

says, "The number of people who live

with the condition but are unaware of

the impact it can have on their feet is

staggering. Diabetes can play havoc with

your feet unless you manage it carefully.

Undefeeted by Diabetes aims to give you

the tools to do so."

Preventatiive care

People with diabetes who develop

foot ulcers face lengthy treatment so

prevention of foot problems is a vital

part of foot care. Chris Day, founder of

Filament Publishing, which published

'Undefeeted', said, "This is a special

campaign and I am proud to be involved.

How often is it that you read a book that

has the potential to save lives?"

The 'Undefeeted' campaign contains

the book, a set of online resources and

an initiative which encourage podiatrists

to volunteer some of their time so that

people with diabetes can have check-ups

for free.



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