STORIES FROM THE PODIATRY CLINIC
'There's nothing to this diabetes...'
SAM'S STORY PART 2
'I always thought diabetes was just something you get...don't worry about'
David describes how he didn't think diabetes was serious at the start, and it was only when neuropathy led to other problems that he began to realise how serious diabetes can be and how he feels he is a 'late learner'
Sam describes how he didn't think diabetes was serious, but now that he has it he realises the implications, and how stories of others having lost their toes has had an impact. Information is key for Sam as he tries to make sense of it all
JEANETTE'S STORY PART 3
'if I go out...I want to wear heels'
SAM'S STORY PART 1
'I was devastated'
Jeanette tells how it was stopping work that influenced her to wear more comfortable shoes, not her foot health concerns related to diabetes, and how her footwear needs are complex and not without problems
Sam describes the impact of having diabetes induced neuropathy on his feet, which are constantly cold. This led to a serious burn from trying to warm them, which left him devastated.
JEANETTE'S STORY PART 2
'it used to drive me mad'
JEANETTE'S STORY PART 1
'They couldn't figure it out'
Jeanette describes how the numbness would drive her mad, uncertainty about how diabetes related to symptoms in her feet and how she doesn't look after her feet as often as she could
Jeanette describes how it can be confusing when you have two illnesses that can both affect the feet, and it's not helped when you can't reach them
DORIS'S STORY PART 2
'She went mad...you mustn't do that'
DORIS'S STORY PART 1
'Wearing high heels....that's done my hips now'
Doris tells how she was told off by a healthcare professional for how she looked after her feet, the difficulty she has reaching her feet and the fear of gangrene now that she has diabetes
After being diagnosed with both osteoporosis and diabetes Doris is on a lot of medication. But one of her biggest problems is finding footwear that she can wear and that she likes. She also thinks that wearing high heels when she was younger contributed to her hip pain now.
'I just thought, I need to get this sorted..'
As somebody with diabetes Janet knows the importance of preventing problems, especially as she values her mobility and loves to go walking on a cold, crisp sunny morning...
'Get them attended by a specialist'
Art describes the importance of checking your feet, knowing what to look for and going to a specialist when you spot something is wrong to prevent problems. Keeping his mobility is especially important...
'I wouldn't wish it on anybody...'
Peter describes how even having dry skin can have a huge impact on the things he wants to do, but how doig a few simple things can help to solve the problem
'I like walking so if my feet aren't good it affects me'
'You would be glad to take them off when you got home!'
Footwear damaged Nathan's toenail but before this he didn't really do much to take care of his feet
Josie tells how even small things like corns and verruca can cause pain and disrupt things, how shoe trends have changed and just putting cream on your feet can make a huge difference
DAVID AND DEBORAH'S STORY
'it was like walking on glass...'
David and Deborah share how foot pain has really affected David's life...from corns to diabetes... and how having to wear steel toe cap boots at work had a real impact
'When you can't reach your toes it's a damn nuisance'
William shares his own foot health story and how a bad car accident involving his daughter inspired him with her incredible recovery and achievements ...
VICTORIA'S STORY - PART 2
'I have to make sure I'm fit to look after him'
Victoria didn't realise until she was older just how important feet are....especially now that she is a carer
They said I would never dance
Rosie shares an insipirational story of how at the age of 7 she overcame an infection that meant she may lose a limb...
We take our feet for granted....we never really talk about them!
VICTORIA'S STORY - PART 1
I really need to change my habits!
Tom shares his experience of getting older, taking his foot health for granted and the fact that we never really talk about feet. Yet when we lose our foot health, even for a short time, it can be quite debilitating...
Victoria tells of the impact of having athletes foot for a long time, how it has made her feel and some of the treatments she has tried. She also shares her experience of having a verruca as a child and how she would have been embarrassed if she'd been the only one in the class that had one.
BOB and ANN'S STORIES
You're really lost without them
Bob has been having foot health issues for 20 years. Him and his wife, Ann, told us how poor foot health had had an impact on them.
Oh Mum, It doesn't matter to me
Janet was born with a congenital foot deformity. She told us her story when she came to the podiatry clinic ahead of her daughters wedding.
PAM & JAMES' STORIES
Pam and James are husband and wife. They both came into the podiatry clinic and shared their stories about the positive impact the clinic has on them.