Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder characterised by an increased blood glucose level as a result of either decreased insulin production in the body, reduced sensitivity of the tissues to insulin, or both. Numerous microvascular and macrovascular complications occur as a result of chronic hyperglycemia, including peripheral vascular diseases, peripheral neuropathies, poor wound healing, and increased risk of infections, especially foot infections.
People with diabetes are prone to developing many different complications. Every ordinary complaint can turn problematic and lead to severe complications. Diabetic foot is one of the most serious and devastating complications of diabetes that occurs as a part of a group of syndromes in which ischaemia, neuropathy, and infection result in disability, deformity, and potential amputation. In fact, 50% of all non-traumatic amputations are due to diabetic foot. Also, the rate of lower limb amputations in diabetic people is around forty times higher than that in non-diabetics. But the good news is that most of these problems can be prevented with proper medical care.
It has been established that approximately 15% of diabetics develop serious foot problems at some point in time that can threaten the limb or the life of the patient. The average stay in the hospital for such patients is about one month, but some patients may require hospitalisation for more than three months.
There are certain things that can precipitate the development of the diabetic foot, including:
The nerves usually get numb in diabetic people masking the pain, so they may fail to notice an injury. The temperature sensing ability is also lost sometimes, so they may not be able to sense hot tiles or hot water when it comes into contact with the feet.
The diabetic foot clinic team at the Diabetic Foot Clinic at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Indore comprises expert endocrinologists/diabetologists, vascular surgeons, physiotherapists, diabetes educators, and allied medical professionals. They all work together to plan the best treatment options for the patient while keeping in mind his medical history, comorbid conditions, and personal preferences.
Apart from delivering treatment for diabetes and its complications, we offer a diverse range of programs to educate and support patients with diabetes. The education programs are easy to follow and interactive. You can also bring a family member with you if you want some additional support.
The services provided at our diabetic foot clinic include the following: