People with diabetes can develop many complications, including several foot problems. Even ordinary complaints can rapidly worsen and lead to serious complications. If this happens to the feet, it may result in deformity, disability or even amputation.
It has been established that 15% of all diabetics will develop a serious foot problem at some time or the other which can threaten the limb or the life of the individual. The average hospital stay for a patient with a diabetic foot is one month, and roughly 50% may need hospitalization for three months or more.
SPS Diabetic foot clinic provides the routine Foot examination to check for early symptoms of neuropathy (condition where the nerves get affected), Ischemia (Reduced blood supply), deformities in foot, callus formations resulting from neuropathy and check for infection and necrosis.
SPS diabetic foot clinic have team of vascular surgeons, Micro vascular & plastic Surgeons, Endocrinologist and orthopedic Surgeons to respond emergency request for patients who have any damage to their or have developed gangrene with risk of amputation’s.
Besides Specialists, our SPS Team is also supported by efficient, qualified and well-trained Diabetic Educator and Diabetic Foot Nurse to ensure consistent patient care.
If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Delay may result in serious health complications. However, the good news is that with regular visits to the doctor and proper foot care, most of these problems can be prevented.
What services are offered by SPS diabetic foot clinic?
- Evaluation by a Vascular Surgeon with a vast experience in managing diabetic foot problems and specifically, problems in the blood vessels of your legs
- Evaluation by a highly qualified Endocrinologist with specific experience in managing this problem to tailor your diabetic medication as per your requirements
- Evaluation by a Rehabilitation Specialist with a world renowned expertise in foot rehabilitation to suggest the most appropriate footwear for you
- A computerized foot profile including a Doppler Evaluation, Biothesiometry and Paedopodogram
- Dressing of your wound by a nurse specifically trained in Diabetic Foot Care
Patient’s co-operation and participation in the management of foot problem is important for the success of the treatment in diabetes.
Why is the foot affected in diabetes?
- Foot supports the body
- Absorbs impact of locomotion
- Normally, man walks 10,000 steps daily
- In a 70 kg person, >120 tons of pressure is borne by the feet per mile of walking
- Each step puts 150 lbs./sq. inch pressure on the soles
Managing your diabetes and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps keep your feet healthy. This should include:
- Regular medical exams, including foot checks at every visit and checking your ABCs (A1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol)
- monitoring your blood sugar daily
- regular exercise
- eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Wash your feet
- Dry your Feet and moisturize dry skin