13 November 2019

National Diabetes Day 14/11

Thursday, November 14th is National Diabetes Day! For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. This essential conversion of glucose into energy is performed by a hormone known as insulin. In people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body.   What is diabetes?   Diabetes is a chronic disease characterised by high levels of glucose in the blood. Blood sugar levels are controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin, or...

01 November 2019

Severs Disease

Severs disease is a condition characterized by painful heels in children most commonly between the years of 10-12 years. There is pain and discomfort with repeated or excessive activity at the insertion of the Achilles tendon causing inflammation of the growth plate of the heel (calcaneus).        Symptoms Children may begin to complain of heel pain that worsens when walking, running or jumping. Pain may present immediately following an increase in activity or after a growth spurt. Diagnosis will require physical examination where by the podiatrist may replicate the pain by gently squeezing both sides of the child’s...