General Information

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to correctly use insulin and is not able to convert glucose into energy. Symptoms of Diabetes include frequent urination and excessive hunger and thirst.


There are several types of Diabetes

  1. Type I: Failure to produce insulin
  2. Type II: Insulin resistance and deficiency is preset
  3. Gestational: Occurs during Pregnancy
  4. Pre Diabetes: When blood glucose levels are raised


Side Effects

  1. Cardiovascular Disease
  2. Renal failure
  3. Poor Wound Healing
  4. Peripheral Arterial Disease
  5. Peripheral Vascular Disease
  6. Peripheral Neuropathy causes decreased sensation to hands and feet which can frequently lead to foot ulcers


How Advantage Physical Therapy Can Help

For those experiencing peripheral neuropathy, physical therapy can improve strength, increase balance and improve mobility. Strength training, proprioceptive training and functional activities will help you to safely continue your normal routine. In addition, our therapists will provide education on proper foot wear, foot inspection and foot care.

For those experiencing Peripheral Arterial Disease, exercises that address aerobic conditioning, strength and flexibility can help increase your walking tolerance and decrease leg pain. Exercise also helps to improve circulation.

Exercise including cardiovascular conditioning and low impact weight training can help to control blood pressure and help to regulate blood glucose for those with Type II Diabetes. Your therapist will design a safely monitored exercise program.