On Tuesday 23 June, author and podiatrist Peter Allton launched his book ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes: a Step-by-Step Guide to Keep your Feet Healthy for Life’ at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED.
Worldwide, someone has a lower limb amputated because of diabetes every 20 seconds and in 85% of cases this could be avoided. ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ focuses on helping people with diabetes live in what Peter calls the ‘diabetic sweet spot’ – the safest possible place for them where they have a combination of knowledge and awareness of their personal risk and are taking appropriate action that helps them to live full and healthy lives.
The book is aimed at those with diabetes, their family members, friends and those at risk of developing diabetes.
As someone who lives with Type 2 diabetes, Peter knows how important education is to managing the condition. When his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 Peter decided to take action, start the global ‘Undefeeted’ movement and promote good foot health for diabetes sufferers.
Peter has 27 years of experience as a podiatrist, having qualified as a podiatrist 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.
Dr Gerry Rayman, Lead Diabetologist at Ipswich Hospital and Medical Advisor to Diabetes UK, said, “Peter has done a fantastic job. ‘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 them 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 themselves.”
Peter Allton hopes that the ‘Undefeeted’ campaign can raise awareness of lower limb complications in diabetes: “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, and ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ gives you the tools to do so.
“If someone 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.”
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, run by Peter and Tina, which encourages podiatrists to volunteer some of their time so that people with diabetes can have check-ups for free.
The book is available for purchase at www.undefeeted.org .