In one of the lesser-known competitions at the Rubik’s Cube World Championship, taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Friday July 17 – Sunday July 19, competitors complete the iconic puzzle with their feet. It’s an extremely competitive category – earlier this year, Jakub Kipa of Poland completed theRubik’s Cube in only 20.57 seconds.
Podiatrist and author of ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ Peter Allton said, “These extraordinary feats remind us of something we take for granted: that our feet are vital to our everyday lives.
“Just as these incredible Speedcubers would not be able to compete if they lost a foot, we all have something that we couldn’t do if we had a lower limb amputated. Think about it for a moment. How would losing a foot affect your life?
“This is why my campaign ‘Undefeeted’ aims to raise awareness of how diabetes can affect the feet, and how to keep the risk of diabetes-related foot disease to a minimum.
“In the last week alone, there were over 30,000 lower limb amputations caused by diabetes worldwide – equivalent to one every twenty seconds.
“Over 80% of these could be avoided, but critical to this is teaching people who have diabetes to manage their condition effectively.”
This startling statistic 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.
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.
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 www.undefeeted.org.