Diabetes

Sensor Medica Clinic

Physical Medicine, Regenerative Medicine & Medical Aesthetics located in Idaho Falls, ID

When left unmanaged, diabetes causes serious foot problems that increase your risk of falling. The health care team at Sensor Medica Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, offers state-of-the-art diabetic ulcer risk evaluations to prevent accidents and injuries. Taking action now to reduce your risk of falling can prevent pain and other diabetes-related complications in the future. If you’re one of the 34.2 million Americans who have diabetes, call Sensor Medica Clinic or make an appointment online today.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes includes several diseases that interfere with the way your body produces and uses insulin. Insulin is the hormone that converts blood sugar, also called glucose, into energy. 

The three most common types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Additionally, millions of Americans have prediabetes, a condition that occurs when you have elevated blood sugar that isn’t high enough to qualify as full-blown diabetes. 

Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, typically emerges during childhood. It occurs because your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels. 

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body stops using insulin efficiently. The disease used to be more common in adults, but the unhealthy American diet and lifestyle make Type 2 diabetes more common in children and adolescents. 

Some women develop gestational diabetes during the second trimester of pregnancy. While gestational diabetes usually disappears after childbirth, it increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later.

How does diabetes affect my risk of falling?

When left untreated, diabetes damages your nerves and blood vessels, usually starting in your feet. Your circulation and ability to heal your body are compromised, and nerve damage, also called neuropathy, decreases sensation in your feet. 

Diabetic foot ulcers and neuropathy affect your balance and can increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself.  

What happens during a diabetic ulcer risk evaluation?

The team at Sensor Medica Clinic provides comprehensive diabetic foot ulcer scans and evaluations. In addition to a physical exam and observing your balance, posture, and movement, they use state-of-the-art, award-winning technology to collect data, including:

  • Plantar pressure distribution
  • Gait cycle
  • Spatiotemporal measurements

These tests allow the team to evaluate your balance, posture, and fall risk while walking and standing. 

How can I reduce my risk of falling?

The team at Sensor Medica Clinic creates tailored treatment plans to reduce your risk of falling. In addition to physical therapy and custom orthotics, your provider might recommend neurological rehabilitation or biofeedback. 

They also offer post-surgery evaluations and prosthesis alignment analysis to ensure that as you recover from surgery that you maintain and improve your balance, mobility, and personal safety. 

If you have diabetes and are concerned about your risk of falling, call Sensor Medica Clinic or make an appointment online today.