This clinic provides much needed comprehensive care to patients with diabetes who have problems with their legs.
Diabetes is a disease that not only interferes with metabolism of sugar but also affects the blood vessels, nerves, kidneys and eyes. Almost 25% of diabetic patients end up with peripheral vascular disease and over 50% of hospital admission in diabetic patients takes place due to infection or wounds in the affected legs.
This segment of the population needs help not ony in getting out of trouble but also in preventing these problems. Hence screening these patients to identify those at risk of developing complications or wound problems is very important.
Group 1: Normal arteries and nerves.
Group 2: Normal arteries and affected nerves.
Group 3: Normal nerves and affected arteries
Group 4: Affected arteries and nerves.
Two types of programs are available:
Preventive Program a proactive where patients are taught how to look after their legs and feet, how to inspect them to detect problems at an early stage, how to clean the feet, toes and nails, how to trim the nails, what type of shoes to wear, how to modify the existing footwear to suit individual needs. These patients are also monitored on a regular basis and helped to stay out of trouble.
Corrective Program that helps patients get out of trouble once there is a problem. In case of infection, the pus is drained, dead tissue removed and appropriate antibiotic care started, in case of poor circulation the arterial blockage is corrected either by drugs and / or angioplasty / surgical bypass, in case of nerve involvement – protective garments / foot wear is advised to prevent recurrent injury.