Keep­ing di­a­bet­ics on their feet

Po­di­a­trist of­fers check-ups to help peo­ple stay stand­ing and main­tain their health

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TOO many di­a­bet­ics are di­ag­nosed too late and a South Bur­nett po­di­a­trist wants to help peo­ple stay healthy and on their feet longer.

South Bur­nett Po­di­a­try owner Katharine Butcher re­cently took over the busi­ness and is pas­sion­ate about ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about their health.

“I want to help ed­u­cate peo­ple and help peo­ple stay on their feet longer,” she said.

Ms Butcher said di­a­betes could be highly man­age­able, par­tic­u­larly through ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing.

“It’s about time that we stopped and re­alised the im­pact that di­a­betes can have on the life of a per­son, and that it is a very man­age­able con­di­tion,” she said.

In the lower limbs, di­a­betes can have an im­pact on a pa­tient’s vas­cu­lar sup­ply, ner­vous sys­tem, skin in­tegrity and they will have a higher risk of wounds.

“We go and get our skin check done, we go and get our blood pres­sure checked, why not get our blood su­gar checked to make sure we aren’t at risk of di­a­betes?” Ms Butcher said.

Di­a­betes can be caused by nu­mer­ous things, in­clud­ing hered­i­tary or life­style-re­lated fac­tors, she said.

“It is a man­age­able con­di­tion and you can take steps in get­ting your check-ups done for your foot health on a yearly ba­sis to main­tain a peace of mind of your con­di­tions,” Ms Butcher said.

Peo­ple should also make sure they are wear­ing ap­pro­pri­ate fit­ting footwear for their feet, not nec­es­sar­ily the right size but the shoe ac­tu­ally fit­ting the pa­tient’s foot, she said.

Ms Butcher moved to Kin­garoy three years ago for work and is pas­sion­ate about work­ing in ru­ral health af­ter grow­ing up in Childers.

South Bur­nett Po­di­a­try is her dream clinic and she en­joys the Kin­garoy com­mu­nity.

“It’s got every­thing I’m look­ing for with a shoe shop – con­sul­ta­tion rooms and with great ac­cess and lo­ca­tion,” Ms Butcher said.

Po­di­a­try was her sec­ond ca­reer choice, with a spe­cial in­ter­est in vas­cu­lar and pain man­age­ment, af­ter leav­ing a lo­cal govern­ment job.

A po­di­a­trist should have a big in­volve­ment in some­one’s health, since with­out healthy feet and lower limbs a per­son is not able to reach their po­ten­tial, Ms Butcher said.

Five things for di­a­bet­ics to check this Na­tional Di­a­betes Week:

1. Get to know your feet, un­der­neath and on top.

2. Keep an eye on your blood su­gar lev­els.

3. Have an an­nual di­a­betic foot as­sess­ment with a po­di­a­trist.

4. See a doc­tor or po­di­a­trist if you no­tice any changes in your feet.

5. Keep your feet pro­tected with footwear and warmth.

PHOTO: JES­SICA MC­GRATH

IM­POR­TANT CHECKS: South Bur­nett Po­di­a­try owner Katharine Butcher wants peo­ple to take steps to­wards healthy feet.

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