Diabetic foot care is a specialized service provided by the Department of Vascular Surgery at Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad. Diabetes can cause various complications that affect the feet, including poor blood circulation, nerve damage, and increased risk of infections. Diabetic foot care at Sterling Hospitals involves a comprehensive approach to prevent, manage, and treat foot-related issues in patients with diabetes, with the goal of preventing serious complications such as foot ulcers and amputations.
The diabetic foot care services at Sterling Hospitals may include:
- Foot evaluation and risk assessment: Vascular surgeons and a team of healthcare professionals assess the feet of patients with diabetes to identify any potential risk factors for foot complications, such as poor circulation, nerve damage, foot deformities, and skin changes. This helps in early detection and prevention of foot problems.
- Foot care education: Patients with diabetes are educated about the importance of proper foot care, including daily foot hygiene, moisturization, and nail care. They are also advised on footwear selection and proper fitting to avoid pressure points and friction that can lead to foot ulcers.
- Wound management: Vascular surgeons at Sterling Hospitals are skilled in managing diabetic foot ulcers, which are open sores that can occur due to decreased sensation and poor circulation. Wound care may involve debridement (removal of dead tissue), dressings, and other advanced techniques to promote healing and prevent infection.
- Offloading techniques: Vascular surgeons may recommend and provide specialized footwear or orthotic devices to offload pressure from certain areas of the foot that are at risk of developing ulcers. This helps in reducing pressure and preventing the formation of foot ulcers.
- Vascular interventions: If poor circulation is detected, vascular surgeons at Sterling Hospitals may perform procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery to improve blood flow to the feet and promote healing of ulcers.
- Multidisciplinary approach: Diabetic foot care at Sterling Hospitals may involve a multidisciplinary team approach, including collaboration with endocrinologists, podiatrists, wound care specialists, and other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care to patients with diabetes and foot complications.
Diabetic foot care at Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad aims to prevent and manage foot-related complications in patients with diabetes, and to promote optimal foot health and quality of life. It's important for patients with diabetes to prioritize foot care and work closely with their healthcare team to prevent and manage foot problems effectively.