Diabetes-related amputations: 85% avoidable, declares podiatrist Peter Allton

Diabetes-related amputations: 85% avoidable, declares podiatrist Peter Allton
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Peter Allton

Peter Allton

In the last week alone, there were over 30,000 lower limb amputations caused by diabetes worldwide – equivalent to one every twenty seconds. London-based podiatrist Peter Allton says that 85% of these could be avoided. Critical to this is teaching people who have diabetes to manage their condition effectively.

This fact has compelled Peter to write a book about the importance of foot health in people living with diabetes called ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’.

As someone who lives with Type 2 diabetes, Peter understands that education is vital to managing the condition.

“If someone with diabetes develops a foot ulcer, their survival chances are worse than those of someone with prostate or breast cancer. A person with a foot ulcer has an 80% chance of not surviving five years, compared to 18% and 40% respectively for a person with breast or prostate cancer.

“Diabetes can be extremely difficult to live with if you don’t have the right information and strategies in place.”

When his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eleven Peter decided to take action, start the global‘Undefeeted’ campaign and promote good foot health for diabetes sufferers.

‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ will be launched at 7PM on Tuesday June 23 at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED. The book focuses on helping people with diabetes live in what Peter calls the ‘diabetic sweet spot’ – the safest possible position for them. The ‘sweet spot’ refers to a combination of knowledge and awareness of their personal risk and taking appropriate action that helps them to live full and healthy lives.

The book is aimed at those with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, their family members, friends and carers.

The ‘Undefeeted’ campaign has drawn praise from leaders in the global diabetes and podiatry communities.

Professor Mike Edmonds, Consultant Diabetologist at Kings College Hospital, UK:

“Any movement to reduce the number of amputations in diabetic patients needs our full praise and support, so I heartily endorse this crusade!”

Dr David G Armstrong, Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona, USA and Director at the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA):

“Every twenty seconds, somewhere in the world, an amputation is performed on a person with diabetes. The good news is that nearly all of these are ultimately avoidable. My colleagues at SALSA and I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Peter and Tina and look forward to a day when we can remain ‘Undefeeted’!”

Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, North Carolina USA:

“Congratulations on your hard work. I am inspired by the work of Peter Allton and Undefeeted. What an extraordinary mission!”

Peter has 27 years of experience as a podiatrist, having qualified in 1988. He has since treated over 200,000 feet.

He is the clinical director of Circle Podiatry, the UK’s only multi-award-winning private podiatry company. Peter runs podiatry practices in Lewisham, South London and Oxted, Surrey, assisted by his wife, practice manager Tina Allton.

‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’, written by Peter Allton and published by Filament Publishing, is available from Circle Podiatry Practice, 316 Lewisham Road, London SE13 7PA or from after launch.

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