10-18% of the diabetics’ patients develop a foot problem

“Every diabetic patient should be educated well to prevent dreadful complications of diabetic foot like callous, ulcers and gangrene which can lead to amputation,” says Dr Ravul Jindal

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10-18% of the diabetics’ patients develop a foot problem: A common health concern these days, diabetics has an array of consequences such as diabetic foot, blindness, limb amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death, said Dr Ravul Jindal, Director – Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mohali while addressing the media persons.

10-18% of the diabetics’ patients develop a foot problem

“Around 10-18% of the diabetics’ patients develop a foot problem which can affect the whole family socially, economically and psychologically. It is a very common and major problem in India these days,” shared Dr Jindal.

“It is really difficult to manage and treat the most complex wounds effectively. With the aging process and existing people with multiple medical conditions, it becomes really challenging for pathologies to improve and stay well-equipped to meet the needs of wound care,” he further added.

Dr Jindal suggested carrying out certain tests for diabetic neuropathy such as Filament test, Quantitative sensory testing, and nerve conduction studies. He also informed about the Anodyne Therapy System (ATS) that eliminates the painful symptoms and enhances sensation as well as balance in diabetic patients with DPN (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) to a greater extent.

“Surgical foot debridement is another popular method performed in diabetic foot care. Minor debridement can be performed easily at bedside with or without local anaesthesia, but in case of extensive debridement it requires proper infrastructure with regional/ general anaesthesia performed in operating theatres,” shared Dr Jindal who also talked about Infrapopliteal Angioplasty and Skin Grafting for curing diabetic foot.

“There are various ways to keep diabetes in control such as by eating a healthy diet, following a regular fitness regimen, ensuring weight control, and avoiding cigarette smoking,” concluded Dr Jindal.