Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in India and its prevalence is increasing. With diabetes cases up to 422 million worldwide; India ranks among top 3 countries with diabetic population. The life expectancy of people with diabetes is shortened by up to 15 years, and 75% die of macro vascular complications. Foot complications are common in people with diabetes. It is estimated that 10% of people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives.
The risk of foot problems in people with diabetes is increased, largely because of either diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage or degeneration) or peripheral arterial disease (poor blood supply due to diseased large- and medium-sized blood vessels in the legs), or both. Peripheral arterial disease affects 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50, and can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
A foot ulcer can be defined as a localised injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, below the ankle, in a person with diabetes. Diabetes is the most common cause of non-traumatic limb amputation, with diabetic foot ulcers preceding more than 80% of amputations in people with diabetes. After a first amputation, people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a subsequent amputation as people without diabetes.
Mortality rates after diabetic foot ulceration and amputation are high, with up to 70% of people dying within 5 years of having an amputation and around 50% dying within 5 years of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. This high mortality rate is believed to be associated with cardiovascular disease, and emphasizes the importance of good diabetic and cardiovascular risk management.
Prevention of the ulcer is very important because once an ulcer is formed it is very difficult to treat it. The first ulcer can also predispose the foot for more ulcers. Sometimes the ulcers can become infected and can even become fatal if proper care is not taken. Diabetic ulcers are one of the most common reasons for below knee amputations.
The best way to treat a diabetic foot ulcer is to prevent its development in the first place by looking and noticing certain symptoms -
Keeping all these things in mind will really help you prevent diabetic foot ulcer. Skipping doctors meet is not advisable. We advise you to take homeopathy treatment for your diabetic foot ulcer, as it helps in lowering blood sugar, treating any infection, reducing friction and pressure, and restoring adequate blood flow, simultaneously with one customized treatment suggested to you.
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