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FOOT CARE @ AFFORDABLE
is not an
answer to diabetic foot
SARASWATHY DEPARTMENT OF
DIABETIC FOOT AND
AT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
This extensive set up for Diabetic Foot is headed by Dr S K Ajaiyakuamr; raises the slogan “Amputation is not an answer to Diabetic Foot”. A world class foot assessment lab with Biothesiometry, Vascular Doppler, Computerized Foot Scan are its specialities. A well equipped Podiatric Surgery operation theatre with podiatric chair, modern pedicure setup etc, is another feature.
Preventive podiatric care is delivered to high risk patient to prevent diabetic foot ulceration. All complicated diabetic foot cases are managed here with modern technology and gadgets. Major surgical procedures includes vascular bypass, limb salvaging surgery and reconstruction ofankle and foot.
Round the clock treatment of this department is teamed by Podiatric Surgeon, Diabetologist, Physiatrist, Diabetic Foot Educator, Diabetic Foot Care Nurses and Orthotist. Custom made footwear is designed andmanufactured under the guidance of a well experienced Orthotist.
A monthly programe in which 150 to 200 Diabetic patients are attending first Sunday of every month at Saraswathy Hospital ; who will be provided with diabetic awareness, open forum discussion, group activites in addition to free consultation and foot check up. This highly motivated group of diabetic patients lead the fight against diabetes in the community.
A training program in Diabetic Foot and Preventive Podiatry. Aim is to impart training in Diabetic Foot and preventive podiatry to the primary care physicians of Govt.Hospitals and Primary Health centres since 2013.
Take Care of your Feet just like your Face !
How can diabetes affect your feet?
Living with diabetes requires you to pay special attention to your health and your condition. Keeping your blood sugar (glucose) levels within the recommended range is one of the best things you can do to control your condition and protect your feet.Chronically high blood sugar (glucose) levels can be associated with serious complications in people who have diabetes. The feet are especially at risk. Two conditions called diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease can damage the feet (and other areas of the body) in people who have diabetes.
Common foot problems of people with diabetes
Risk Factors for Diabetic Foot Ulcers
All people with diabetes are at risk for foot ulcers, which can have multiple causes. Some factors can increase the risk of foot ulcers, including:
No Diabetic Foot Ulcerates Spontaneously...
Chronically high sugar levels associated with uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve damage that interferes with the ability to sense pain and temperature. This so-called "sensory diabetic neuropathy" increases the risk a person with diabetes will not notice problems with his or her feet. Nearly 10% of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers due to peripheral vascular disease and nerve damage. People with diabetes may not notice sores or cuts on the feet, which in turn can lead to an infection. Nerve damage can also affect the function of foot muscles, leading to improper alignment and injury.
Peripheral vascular disease
Diabetes is associated with poor circulation (blood flow). Inadequate blood flow increases the healing time for cuts and sores. Peripheral vascular disease refers to compromised blood flow in the arms and legs. Poor blood flow increases the risk that infections will not heal. This, in turn, increases the risk of ulcers and gangrene, which is tissue death that occurs in a localized area when there is an inadequate blood supply.
If you have diabetes, the common foot problems below can lead to pain or infections that make it hard to walk. If you have any of these problems, make sure you get prompt treatment from your doctor.
Corn and callus
Corns and calluses are thick layers of skin.
Blisters are areas of skin that are raised and filled with fluid.
Ingrown toenails happen when the edges of your toenails grow into your skin
Plantar warts are small, flesh-colored growths on the bottoms of your feet. Sometimes you see tiny, black dots in the warts.
Hammertoes are toes that curl under your feet
Dry and cracked skin
Dry and cracked skin is rough, scaly, and flaking. Your skin may be gray if you have dark skin. Your skin may be red or itch.
Fungal infection of the toenails makes them thick, hard to cut, and appear yellow, green, brown, or black. A nail may also fall off.
A bunion is a bump at the outside edge of your big toe. As the bump gets worse, it can be filled with extra bone and fluid.
Athlete’s foot is a fungus that causes itching, burning, redness, and cracking of your skin. The fungus grows on the soles of your feet and in between your toes.
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