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Physiotherapy and diabetes may seem like unusual company, but if you look at the nature of the disease it makes perfect sense. This discipline, which is interchangeable with the term physical therapy, focuses on strength, flexibility, pain reduction, and remaining active for the purpose of a healthier you. All of this is done with the knowledge of how the body’s systems work together.

One of the best ways to prevent and address diabetes is through exercise. However, there is not a one-size-fits-all plan and complications from the disease may make it difficult. Your physiotherapist can save the day and help you succeed.

Understanding what your body can manage in terms of activity is crucial.  Blood sugar levels are affected by a myriad of factors—even exercise. Once your care team has permitted a workout regimen, it’s critical to know how to complete it safely. Your physiotherapist will help you determine the type of exercise, intensity level, and duration, so that you can manage your program and your diabetes in the best way possible.

If you are at-risk for the development of high blood sugar, an individualized plan can reduce the likelihood that you will develop this disease. Some people who have experienced previous injuries are concerned about re-injury, and there’s no better way to ease your concerns than through a discussion with an expert.

At Abbott FooAnkle Clinic, we’re experts of the feet and ankles. Don’t let pain in these areas keep you from being active. This can develop into a vicious cycle of inactivity, weight gain, and resulting foot concerns. The diabetic foot needs special care, and we’ll work with your care team to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. Call our Collingwood, ON office today at (705) 444-9929, or schedule online.