What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which means it lasts a long time or often someone’s whole life. For our bodies to work properly, we need to convert glucose (sugar) from food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy.

In people with diabetes, insufficient insulin production occurs. So when people with diabetes eat glucose, which is in foods such as bread, cereals, fruit and starchy vegetables, legumes, milk, yoghurt and sweets, they can’t convert it into energy. Instead of being turned into energy, the glucose stays in the blood. Blood glucose levels are higher in people with Diabetes. Glucose flows around your body in your blood. Your blood glucose level is called glycaemia.

Unfortunately, due to lifestyle changes, a growing number of Australians are being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes every year.

There are two different but equally destructive types of diabetes.

  • Type I involves an insulin deficiency and often develops at an early age.
  • Type II diabetes accounts for 85% of diabetes in Australia* and is associated with insulin resistance.

Poor management of diabetes can lead to foot problems and an increased risk of lower limb amputation. Podiatry can greatly reduce this risk.

What Can You Do About Diabetes?

People with diabetes must consult their doctor, who will guide them to measure and balance their glycemic index. Lifestyles changes can improve your glycemic index. Please consult your doctor.


What you eat is vital. People with diabetes should maintain their glycemic index within a healthy range. It is best to consult with your doctor and/or dietician for the best advice.

Does Exercise Help Diabetics?

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes or are at risk of Diabetes, it plays an even more important role in keeping you healthy.

For a person with diabetes, exercise helps:
  • Insulin to work better, which will improve your diabetes management
  • You control your weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Reduce stress.

Regular exercise is an important part of your diabetes management. If you are on insulin, it will help your insulin work more efficiently and assist with your blood glucose control. However, if it is poorly controlled (i.e. fasting blood glucose levels greater than 14 mmol/L and urinary ketones), it is best to avoid exercise until your blood glucose has settled. Exercise in these circumstances can elevate blood glucose and increase ketone production.

You are discouraged from a strenuous physical activity if you feel unwell or have ketones in your blood or urine.

What Organs Does Diabetes Effect?

Unfortunately, Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects your whole body. Organs include your eyes, heart, kidneys, skin, liver and feet. It affects the speed that your injuries heal, and neglect can cause permanent long-term damage.

How Does a Podiatrist Help Diabetics?

Regular checkups will ensure your foot health is monitored and maintained. Assessment includes:

  • Neurological assessment where we look for signs of sensory loss.
  • Vascular tests as sufficient vascular supply the lower limb is essential for healthy foot function.
  • A biomechanical assessment of your lower limbs with a particular interest in the feet helps us look for potential high-risk areas for ulceration and other complications.

Early detection of these risk factors will enable us to develop a plan to prevent future complications enabling you to get on with your life.

Why Should You Enjoy the PhysioWorks Difference?

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Friendly & Caring Service

You'll notice about the PhysioWorks team because they are very friendly and caring health professionals. We know that sometimes pain or injury can make you a little less tolerant, so we've trained our healthcare team always to greet and treat you like they would a family member or best friend.

Thorough & Unrushed

Everyone should be entitled to individualised professional care. That's why we book longer initial appointments to ensure that your unhurried first visit will include a thorough and individualised assessment of your injury or problem. This extra time allows us to discuss your short, medium and long-term goals and treatment options before commencing your rehabilitation.

You'll find that your PhysioWorks healthcare practitioner is not only a great listener but also an excellent treatment planner to focus on your efficient and effective treatment outcome. After all, that's why you have chosen to see us in the first place.

What is the Aim of Your Initial Consultation?

Because we do spend more time than most physiotherapists thoroughly assessing, by the completion of your initial consultation, we should be able to determine and inform you:

  • What exactly is your problem
  • Why you are experiencing pain or dysfunction etc
  • What you can be doing to correct it
  • How long it will most likely take to recover
  • How to prevent a future recurrence

Your Tailored Treatment Plan

Your physiotherapist will design a specific treatment program specifically for you based on your examination. Your treatment may include hands-on therapy, such as joint manipulation, mobilisation or massage. It will probably also have lots of helpful advice and home exercises. We'll also use other technology or treatment tools depending upon your needs.

Your treatment will vary depending on your age, sex, sport, work requirements, or lifestyle, so generic therapies tend to be more effective than targeted treatment plans.

As highly-trained exercise prescribers, your physiotherapist will usually instruct you on specific exercises and stretches to undertake at home to assist in your rapid recovery. We'll also offer you helpful advice to help ease your pain, such as the appropriate resting positions or whether to use heat or ice and precisely for how long.

The result is prompt pain reduction, quicker natural healing and your triumphant return to total activity, whether work or sport, as soon as possible.

How Long is Your Physiotherapy Appointment?

Allow at least one hour for your initial physiotherapy session. Subsequent treatments are usually 30 to 60 minutes in duration. Your physiotherapist will inform you if additional or less time is required. Complex or multiple regions may require a more extended consultation. Our receptionist will happily book an appropriate appointment for your clinical needs.

Do You Need a Referral to Consult a Physiotherapist?

A doctor's referral is not required to see a physiotherapist in private practice unless you claim a work injury (e.g. Workcover) or other insurance claims. Department of Veterans Affairs patients will require a doctor referral. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or plan for your treatment to be funded by an insurance company, it is good practice to consult your GP for a referral.

What About Private Health Insurance?

A proportion of treatment costs is rebatable under all higher table private health insurance schemes. The private health insurance rebates do vary considerably depending upon your specific coverage.

What is HICAPS?

PhysioWorks links to the HICAPS electronic health fund system, so you can instantly claim your rebate at the time of treatment. You'll need to present your health insurance card to our receptionist.

How Is PhysioWorks Different?

Your Experienced & Caring Practitioners

You'll be impressed with the experienced physiotherapists, massage therapists, allied health team and reception staff representing PhysioWorks.

If you've been searching for health practitioners with a serious interest in your rehabilitation or injury prevention program, our staff have either participated or are still participating in competitive sports at a representative level.

To ensure that we remain highly qualified, PhysioWorks is committed to continuing education to provide optimal care. We currently offer physiotherapy and massage services for numerous sports clubs, state and national representative teams and athletes. Our experience helps us understand what you need to do to safely and quickly return to your sporting field, home duties, or employment.

How You'll Benefit from the PhysioWorks Difference?

At PhysioWorks physiotherapy and massage clinics, we strive to offer our clients quick, effective and long-lasting results by providing high-quality treatment. With many years of clinical experience, our friendly service and quality treatment is a benchmark not only in Brisbane but Australia-wide.

What are Some of the BIG Differences?

We aim to get you better quicker in a friendly and caring environment conducive to successful healing. Our therapists pride themselves on keeping up to date with the latest research and treatment skills to ensure that they provide you with the most advantageous treatment methods. They are continually updating their knowledge via seminars, conferences, workshops, scientific journals etc. Not only will you receive a detailed consultation, but we offer long-term solutions, not just quick fixes that, in reality, only last for a short time. We attempt to treat the cause, not just the symptoms.

PhysioWorks clinics are modern thinking. Not only in their appearance but in the equipment we use and in our therapists' knowledge. Our staff care about you!  We are always willing to go that 'extra mile' to guarantee that we cater to our client's unique needs. All in all, we feel that your chances of the correct diagnosis, the most effective treatment and the best outcomes are all the better at PhysioWorks.

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