Diabetes is a silent killer that kills one person every 10 seconds. There are 250 million people globally living with diabetes. Every year worldwide another 7 million develop diabetes. The Ministry of Health estimates the number of people with diabetes in New Zealand to be around 160,000 and growing rapidly. The United States has over 29 million people living with Diabetes. This blog will address some of the concerns that you may have about how your feet are affected by diabetes.
If you are over 65 years old, you have a one in three chance of falling this year. For people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to one in two (ACC, 2012). Read on to find out more about falls, how to prevent falls and what Resonance Podiatry© is doing to help.
By Anita Kay and Lisa Whiteman, Resonance Podiatry©, Podiatry and Gait labs, New Zealand
Falling over happens to the best of us and might just seem like an embarrassing inconvenience! However, injuries directly resulting from a fall are the leading cause of hospitalisation, and one of the top three causes of injury-related death, in New Zealand (ACC, 2012). Also the fear of having a fall can be debilitating and lead to severe restrictions in activity and social interaction.