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What are diabetic foot ulcers?

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound or sore that occurs as a result of poorly controlled diabetes. Diabetic foot ulcers are quite common. 1 in every 10 people with diabetes end up having foot ulcers. Even mundane things like a new pair of shoes or minor injuries to the foot can lead to the development of foot ulcers.

In diabetic people, due to high or fluctuating levels of blood sugar, the process of healing of the exposed skin tissues is slowed down. This happens because of improper nerve functioning or narrowed arteries and thus, the injuries or blisters do not heal and a foot ulcer develops. Diabetic foot ulcers cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and if left untreated can lead to infections and ulcer-related complications.

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Risks

 

Infections in the skin and bones

 

Formation of abscess in the affected region

 

Partial or complete gangrene and death of tissues

 

Foot deformities

 

Amputation of the foot

Causes

Improper blood circulation

High or fluctuating blood sugar levels

Damage to the nerves in the area

Injuries or trauma to the foot

Symptoms

Discharge from the foot, sometimes accompanied by a foul odour

Swelling, Redness and Irritation in the foot

Eschar ( black tissue ) formation around the ulcer

Numbness in the foot

Partial or complete gangrene

Treatment

Diagnosis

To diagnose the seriousness of the diabetic foot ulcer, your doctor may conduct a series of examinations. The doctor may want to know about your medical history and will conduct a physical examination to look for scratches, cuts and blisters. The doctor may feel your pulse to evaluate the blood flow to your feet. In addition to the physical exam, your doctor may also recommend X-rays to look for any misalignments in the feet due to decreased bone mass. MRI scans may also be conducted to get an idea about the extent of damage caused by the ulcer and if signs of any infection are seen, blood tests may be recommended.

Treatment

Debridement

Debridement is a procedure to treat wounds in the skin. In this procedure, a sharp tool or a scalpel is used to remove the dead tissue or infected skin tissues from the ulcerated foot. After the procedure, the wound is covered with a sterile bandage and the bandage is replaced daily. Ointments can also be used to hasten the healing process.

Infection Control

Foot ulcers are prone to infections. For infection prevention and control, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics like cephalexin, amoxicillin, moxifloxacin or clindamycin. These work against bacteria like staphylococcus aureus, β-hemolytic streptococci, Enterobacteriaceae, etc which are likely to cause infections in the ulcers.

Vascular Surgeries

Since one of the major causes of diabetic foot ulcers is narrowing of arteries and poor blood circulation, surgery may be required to increase the flow of blood.

Atherectomy is the surgical procedure used for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers caused due to peripheral artery disease. In this procedure, plaque consisting of fat, cholesterol and calcium is removed from the artery, thereby making the artery wider. Wider arteries have better blood circulation. The plaque is removed by shaving or vaporizing using small rotating blades at the end of a catheter or by using laser energy.

The procedure is performed under the influence of general or regional anesthesia, depending upon your medical history. Sometimes, after atherectomy, balloon angioplasty may be performed. In Balloon Angioplasty, a stent is inserted into the blood vessel to keep it open.

If you have advanced blockage in the artery, gangrene, or open sores in the foot, your doctor may perform leg bypass instead of balloon angioplasty. Leg bypass allows the creation of a new route so that the blood can travel around the blocked artery and proper blood flow to the foot can be maintained.

Why Pristyn Care ?

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Medical Expertise with Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

You are provided free post-surgery follow ups, exercise and diet to ensure smooth transition to daily routine.

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20+Cities
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Frequently Asked Questions

I am diabetic and have been facing the recurring problem of foot ulcers. Can this problem resolve on its own or do I need to consult a doctor?

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The best treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Chennai only at Pristyn Care

A diabetic foot ulcer is a very common condition that affects nearly 10 percent of diabetes patients. In many cases, it is seen that people do not seek proper medical advice even after the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers surface. This happens due to the jam-packed schedules of the people wherein they are always trying to maintain their work-life and personal life balance. This delay in consulting doctors often leads to serious complications. Fortunately, now people in Chennai do not need to experience the pain and discomfort of diabetic foot ulcers as Pristyn Care is now present in Chennai with its team of highly-skilled doctors and surgeons. You just need to give us a call and your appointment will be booked according to your convenience. With a number of Pristyn Care clinics now available across Chennai, you won’t even have to travel much and you can receive the best treatment for diabetic foot ulcers at the clinic nearest to you.

Pristyn Care in Chennai offers the most effective vascular surgeries for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

If in your case, vascular surgery is required for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, Atherectomy followed by Balloon Angioplasty is the best and most effective option available. Both of these procedures are minimally invasive. In Chennai, both Atherectomy and Balloon Angioplasty are available at Pristyn Care. We have a team of experienced and trained vascular surgeons who can perform the surgery. So contact us right away and undergo vascular surgery to say goodbye to diabetic foot ulcers once and for all. Call us now and book your appointment with one of our surgeons.

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