CHANDIGARH: Director of vascular surgery at a private hospital in Chandigarh said that diabetic foot can lead to amputation of the limb but surprisingly, it is a much-ignored aspect of diabetic care in India.
He said that awareness about a diabetic foot is being raised by undertaking initiatives that can benefit the common people from advancing medical science. He also talked about the book they released last year on diabetic foot care which provided information that helped many patients to identify the signs early on.
He added that in his OPD, over 70 diabetic foot patients receive consultations every month.
With proper education and timely treatment, in 90 percent of cases, amputation caused by diabetic foot can be prevented.
Dr. Jindal warned against the conditions that lead to foot amputation and said that in diabetics, black toes may not just be the onset of gangrene leading to foot amputation but also reflect heart ailments.
He emphasized that black toes shouldn’t be ignored as the repercussions won’t only lead to amputation of foot or leg, but can also cause heart ailment.
“41 million people have diabetes in India, which will increase to 79 million in 2030,” Dr. Jindal said. The age at which this occurs along with its high incidence in India is a matter of great concern. Because of related foot complications, about 40,000 limbs are amputated every year in India.
The problem is worsened by the absence of early diagnosis in individuals.