Undefeeted by Diabetes: a Step by Step Guide to Keep your Feet Healthy for Life by Peter Allton
Author and podiatrist Peter Allton launches his book 'Undefeeted by Diabetes: a Step by Step Guide to Keep your Feet Healthy for Life'.
Worldwide, someone has a lower limb amputated because of diabetes every 20 seconds and in 85% of cases this could be avoided. Undefeeted by Diabetes focuses on helping people with diabetes live in what Peter calls the ‘diabetic sweet spot’ – the safest possible place for them where they have a combination of knowledge and awareness of their personal risk and are taking appropriate action that helps them to live full and healthy lives.
The book is aimed at those with diabetes, their family members, friends and those at risk of developing diabetes.
As someone who lives with Type 2 diabetes, Peter knows how important education is to managing the condition. When his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 Peter decided to take action, start the global Undefeeted movement and promote good foot health for diabetes sufferers.
Peter has 27 years of experience as a podiatrist, having qualified as a podiatrist
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.
Peter said, “Diabetes can be extremely difficult to live with if you don’t have the right information and strategies in place.
“The number of people who live with the condition but are unaware of the impact it can have on their feet is staggering. Diabetes can play havoc with your feet unless you manage it carefully, and Undefeeted by Diabetes gives you the tools to do so.
“If someone develops a foot ulcer, their survival chances are worse than those of someone with prostate or breast cancer. A person with a foot ulcer has an 80% chance of not surviving five years,
compared to 18% and 40% respectively for a person with breast or prostate cancer.”
Chris Day, founder of Filament Publishing, which published Undefeeted, said, “I am proud to be involved. How often is it that you read a book that has the potential to save lives?”