Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in our country. The incidence of diabetes in urban areas (as per DIABETES ASIA study) is 12 to 14%.This is almost double the decade old incidence of 6 to 7%. Even in rural areas, where the incidence was 2 to 3%, the incidence has increased to 6%.Such an increase is highly alarming.
As per a WHO estimate, India will have largest number of diabetic patients in the world by 2015 (approximately 6 crore).
Almost 50% of these patients are likely to be in the age group of 35 to 45 years.
One of the most dreaded complications of diabetes is Gangrene of the foot and leg. Approximately 15% of all diabetic patients get foot problems. This means, more than one crore diabetic individuals are likely to suffer from foot and leg problems. It is important to realize that majority of these patients will be in the age group 35 to 45 years.
It is always better to prevent the diabetic foot wounds than to treat it. Indian as well as international statistics shows that 60% of the indoor admissions for the diabetic patients are for foot problems. Therefore preventive care is very important and essential.
Keeping in mind the scale of the problem and the preventable nature of this progressively disabling deformity, Our Diabetic Foot Clinic offers comprehensive, detailed evaluation of one’s feet to help identify the small signs oft missed.
The clinic seeks not just to treat those already afflicted with “Diabetic foot” in its various stages, the various associated complications with the latest in medical and surgical treatment offerings but also educate one and all to develop a proactive preventive approach to tackle the impending complications. In addition, we assist in providing the right footwear.
Who should under go foot evaluation?
All diabetes patients should undergo foot evaluation every year and as per the evaluation report should wear protective footwear.
How this evaluation is done?
Foot evaluation includes testing the function of nerves of the leg and checking the blood in the leg blood vessels. This involves using instruments called “sensitometer and handheld Doppler”. It is painless evaluation which takes 15-20 minutes. Along with those patients feet are checked for existing effects of damage to nerves. Patients are also taught to take care of their feet and are advised about protective foot wear.
How frequently the evaluation is to be done?
The frequency of evaluation depends on the level of damage to nerves and blood vessels as well as the existing complications. Usually it is done once a year but in some patients it needs to be done more frequently.
Development of the following symptoms require urgent attention from a qualified Diabetic Foot specialist.