Diabetic Foot

A diabetic foot is a foot that exhibits any pathology that results directly from diabetes mellitus or any long-term complication of diabetes mellitus. Presence of several characteristic diabetic foot pathologies is called diabetic foot syndrome.

Diabetic foot problems, such as ulcerations, infections, and gangrene, are the most common cause of hospitalization among diabetic patients.

More than 80,000 amputations are performed each year on diabetic patients in the United States, and ~ 50% of the people with amputations will develop ulcerations and infections in the contralateral limb within 18 months. An alarming 58% will have a contralateral amputation 3-5 years after the first amputation. In addition, the 3-year mortality after a first amputation has been estimated as high as 20-50%, and these numbers have not changed much in the past 30 years, despite huge advances in the medical and surgical treatment of patients with diabetes.

If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your nerves or blood vessels. Nerve damage from diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers and infections. Serious cases may even lead to amputation. Damage to the blood vessels can also mean that your feet do not get enough blood and oxygen. It is harder for your foot to heal, if you do get a sore or infection.

Tips to Avoid Diabetic Foot Problem

You can help avoid foot problems. First, control your blood sugar levels. Good foot hygiene is also crucial:

  • Check your feet every day
  • Wash your feet every day
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth
  • Smooth corns and calluses gently
  • If you can see, reach, and feel your feet, trim your toenails regularly. If you cannot, ask a foot doctor (podiatrist) to trim them for you.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet

Homeopathic Treatment

Treatment in homeopathic system of medicine is aimed to reduce intensity of symptoms and further infection in the most natural way. Medicines and local application work wonders in healing wounds post-surgery as well as in cases of diabetic foot and non-healing ulcers.

There are several remedies available in homoeopathy which helps in healing wound and prevent amputation.

How homeopathy helps

It helps in improving blood circulation of the affected limb.

The remedies helps in wound healing.

Treatment helps in preventing secondary infection of the wound.

It helps in reducing pain and swelling of affected limb.

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