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Peter Allton

Diabetes sufferers need to know how to look after their feet and healthcare professionals need to be more aware of the risk of diabetic foot disease

Podiatrist Peter Allton, author of the book ‘Undefeeted by Diabetes’ is delighted that Diabetes UK have today launched a campaign called ‘Putting Feet First’ which aims to bring an end to preventable amputations caused by diabetes.

Every week in the UK, more than 135 people with diabetes have a leg, foot or toe amputated. Surprisingly, at least 80% of these amputations could be prevented with greater awareness and action.

People with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage that raised blood glucose can cause to sensation, circulation and the body’s ability to fight infection.

This fact is what compelled Peter to write his book about the importance of foot health in people living with diabetes, and launch a global campaign called ‘Undefeeted’.

The ‘Undefeeted’ campaign has already drawn praise from leaders in the global diabetes and podiatry communities. Dr Gerry Rayman, Lead Diabetologist at Ipswich Hospital and Medical Advisor to Diabetes UK, wrote the foreword to Peter’s book.

At the launch, he 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.”

As someone who lives with Type 2 diabetes, Peter understands that education is vital to managing the condition. He said, “Diabetes can be extremely difficult to live with if you don’t have the right information and strategies in place, and the number of people who are unaware of the impact it can have on their feet is staggering.

“This is why the message of ‘Putting Feet First’ is such an important one. Diabetes sufferers need to know how to look after their feet and healthcare professionals need to be more aware of the risk of diabetic foot disease.

“It’s brilliant that Diabetes UK are urging people with diabetes to take foot health seriously. Diabetes is a global issue, so what we want now is for other charities around the world to follow in their footsteps.”

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’ 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 of what can go wrong, awareness of their personal risk and taking appropriate and timely action that helps them to live full and healthy lives.

Links:

http://www.undefeeted.org/
http://www.circlepodiatry.co.uk/
https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Campaigning/Our-cam...
https://twitter.com/beundefeeted

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About Peter Allton

Peter Allton is the clinical director of Circle Podiatry, which has clinics in Lewisham, South London and Oxted, Surrey, and is the UK’s only multi-award-winning podiatry ‘brand’. As a podiatrist his life’s work has been fixing people’s feet and lower limbs. He is also the founder of ‘Undefeeted’, a global campaign, powered by Circle Podiatry, which aims to reduce the number of avoidable diabetes-related lower limb amputations.

After spending 13 years working in community and hospital clinics for the NHS in the UK, Peter set up his private practise in 2001: Circle Podiatry. He qualified as a podiatrist in 1988 and has treated more than 200,000 feet.

In 2005 his wife Tina left her teaching career to become practice manager and has become a driving force behind the success of Circle Podiatry. Together they have led their team to win numerous awards and become the UK’s only multi-award-winning podiatry brand.

Peter has always been aware of the importance of diabetes when treating feet, especially since he was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2010. But it was his daughter’s diagnosis with Type 1 at the age of 11 that changed the emphasis of his career forever. He realised that he was probably the only podiatrist in the world with Type 2 and a daughter with Type 1 and he has since made it his mission to do something about the horrific diabetes statistics.

Every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person with diabetes is undergoing a lower limb amputation. It is estimated that 85% of these could be avoided. It is Peter’s vision that by 2035 the ‘Undefeeted’ campaign will help to cut that number by two thirds.

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