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About Diabetic foot ulcer

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 ends 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.

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Overview

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Diabetic foot ulcer in different languages:
  • Diabetic foot ulcer in Hindi: डायबिटिक फुट अल्सर
  • Diabetic foot ulcer in Marathi: मधुमेही पायाचे व्रण
  • Diabetic foot ulcer in Telugu: డయాబెటిక్ ఫుట్ అల్సర్
  • Diabetic foot ulcer in Tamil: நீரிழிவு கால் புண்
  • Diabetic foot ulcer in Malayalam: പ്രമേഹ കാലിലെ അൾസർ
Diabetic foot ulcer stages:
  • Grade 0- Intact Skin
  • Grade 1- Superficial skin ulcer or Subcutaneous tissue
  • Grade 2- Extension of the ulcers into the tendon, bone, and capsule
  • Grade 3- Deep ulcer with osteomyelitis or abscess
  • Grade 4- Partial foot gangrene
  • Grade 5- Whole foot gangrene
ICD-10 code for diabetic foot ulcer:
  • ICD-10 for type 2 diabetes mellitus - E11
  • ICD-10 for diabetes mellitus - E08-E13
Foods to avoid with diabetic foot ulcers:
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Carrots Broccoli
Complications of untreated diabetic foot ulcer:
  • Amputation
  • Charcot's foot
  • Nail disorders
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Corns and calluses
  • Bone and joint deformity
  • Hammertoes and bunions
Why Pristyn Care for diabetic foot ulcer treatment?
  • Highly experienced vascular surgeons
  • Flexible payment options
  • Assistance in insurance claim
  • USFDA-approved treatments
  • Free-follow up consultation
  • Free transportation on the day of the surgery
Diabetic foot ulcer early signs:
  • Skin discoloration around the toenails
  • Minor cuts, blisters, calluses, or sores
  • Fluid or pus discharge
  • Swelling and redness
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Treatment

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a diabetic foot ulcer is done by a vascular specialist. Normally, the condition can be identified with a physical examination. The doctor will ask if you have other conditions like arterial disease or peripheral neuropathy (both conditions are common amongst diabetic patients).

The doctor will further inspect the foot, toes, toenails, and leg for more cuts, blisters, scratches, etc., which can also develop into ulcers. After gathering your medical history and physical exam, the surgeon will suggest the following tests to obtain more information about the condition and its plausible treatment. The tests include:

  • X-Ray to check the alignment and density of the bones.
  • MRI scan to create a 3-D image of the soft tissues and determine the extent of damage to the nerves and bones.
  • Blood test to look for signs of infections within the ulcer.

The results of these tests will help the surgeon to narrow down the treatment options and determine the right course of action to resolve the problem.

Procedure

We make sure that every person who needs advanced diabetic foot ulcer treatment gets optimal care. We leverage modern technology and treat patients with compassion to understand and resolve their problems.

Under the care of our vascular doctors, you can get all kinds of treatment as suited to your particular case. The various treatment methods for diabetic foot ulcers involve the following:

  • Off-loading or Total Contact Casting (TCC)- It is a non-surgical treatment that relieves the pressure in the ulcerated area with the help of specially designed shoes, casts, foot braces, compression wraps, or shoe inserts.
  • Debridement– It is the removal of hyperkeratotic tissue, fibrin, biofilm, and even necrotic tissues from the ulcer to aid the healing process. Debridement allows fresh blood to reach the damaged vessels and promotes healing.
  • Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery- If the damage to the nerves and bone is extensive, the doctor may recommend reconstruction of the foot and ankle through a combination of procedures, such as arthroplasty, resection, tendon transfer, tendon lengthening, etc. This surgery helps to rebalance the foot and works through internal surgical offloading.
  • Vascular Reconstruction- In chronic cases, the doctor may have to perform a vascular reconstruction surgery for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Synthetic grafts (blood vessels) are taken from the other parts of the body and they are used to recreate the blood vessels that were damaged due to the ulceration. Once the blood flow is restored, the nerves and wound can start to heal.

Diabetic foot ulcer treatment can be a complex procedure. Therefore, it is crucial that you find a reliable diabetic foot ulcer and undergo surgery after learning everything about the treatment procedures. You can either get treatment from vascular doctors or also seek their help to get a second opinion for the treatment of the diabetic foot ulcer.

In Our Doctor's Word

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Dr Maunil Bhutta

MBBS, MS

8 Years Experience

"A Diabetic Foot Ulcer is extremely common and happens in at least 1 of every 10 diabetic patients. The reason is the slowed healing in diabetic patients. However, if the ulcer persists, I suggest you seek immediate medical help because delay in the treatment can lead to unwanted abscess, infections, foot deformities and may demand amputation in cases of gangrene. Therefore, if you are a diabetic patient and your wound refuses to heal/ appears ulcer, please do not wait until it severes or crosses your pain limit. This will serve no benefit and only complicate the treatment and risk amputation. "

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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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A dedicated Care 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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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.

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Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can diabetic foot ulcers be life-threatening?

Yes. If left untreated, diabetic foot ulcers can lead to complications like skin and bone infections, abscess, gangrene, deformities, amputation, or even death if the infection from the foot spreads in the body through the bloodstream. Therefore, it should not be left untreated under any circumstances.

Who is the right doctor to consult for a diabetic foot ulcer treatment?

Diabetic foot ulcers can be treated by a wound care specialist, podiatrist, vascular surgeon, or interventional radiologist (IR). All of them specialize in treating the ulcer with utmost care and precision. You can consult the best diabetic foot ulcer surgeon.

Where can I find the best diabetic foot ulcer surgeon in Chennai?

You can find the best diabetic foot ulcer surgeon. We have a team of highly experienced vascular doctors who have helped numerous patients over their years of practice. You can rely on their expertise and undergo surgery without any hesitation.

What is the cost of diabetic foot ulcer surgery in Chennai at Pristyn Care?

At Pristyn Care, diabetic foot ulcer treatment will cost around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 55,000 approximately. The exact cost may vary based on factors like severity of the condition, surgeon’s fee, hospitalization cost, medications, post-surgery care, etc.

Is diabetic foot ulcer treatment in Chennai covered under health insurance?

Yes. Foot ulcers can be a very serious health problem if not addressed on time. Thus, diabetic foot ulcer surgery is covered under health insurance and other cities across India. You can use the insurance policy to cover most of the expenses that incur during the treatment.

Will I need multiple sessions to treat the diabetic foot completely?

There are 50-50% chances that you may need multiple sessions for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. This may happen when the wound is infected. The doctor will first have to treat the infection and then work on healing the nerves and the ulcerated skin. Thus, you may have to visit the doctor multiple times over the course of treatment.

Is diabetic foot ulcer surgery painful?

No. Diabetic foot ulcer surgery is not painful at all. During the surgery, the patient doesn’t feel any kind of pain or discomfort as he/she is under the effect of anesthesia. Their lower body is numb and they can’t feel any sensations. Besides that, most diabetic patients develop neuropathy over the years. It means that their nerves are damaged to an extent that they lose feeling in their feet. Thus, even after the surgery, the pain will be minimal. If needed, the doctor will prescribe some pain medications.

How long will it take to recover after having diabetic foot ulcer surgery? 

The recovery period after diabetic foot ulcer surgery varies from patient to patient. If the condition was severe before treatment, the recovery may take 6 weeks or more. However, if the condition was acute, the patient may recover within 4 weeks with proper treatment and care.

What are the different types of diabetic foot ulcers?

Different types of diabetic foot ulcers are-

  • Neuroischemic Ulcers
  • Neuropathic Ulcers
  • Ischemic Ulcers
When should I consult the doctor for my diabetic foot ulcer?

Consult the doctor if you are experiencing the following symptoms-

  • Discoloration and swelling of the skin
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • Pain and firmness around the wound
  • Skin thickening
  • Gangrene
Can a diabetic foot ulcer be treated at home?

No. A diabetic foot ulcer cannot be treated at home because the infections can delay the healing process. However, you can manage the symptoms with several home remedies. Consult some of the top vascular surgeons for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

Why does a foot ulcer not heal on its own?

If you are suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD), there are very low chances that your foot ulcer won’t heal on its own. This causes malfunctioning in the circulatory system that does not allow the ulcer to heal properly.

Can I apply cream to a diabetic foot ulcer?

Yes. You can use certain creams or moisturizers to promote the healing of the diabetic ulcer. Doctors often advise patients that contain urea as it will create a barrier film over the wound and aids in healing. This damages the nerves resulting in elevated blood sugar levels without exhibiting pain or other symptoms. Therefore, patients are often unaware of the cuts, blisters, and injuries in their foot which results in the formation of diabetic foot ulcers.

What are the treatment options for diabetic foot ulcers?

Several acute ulcers can be treated with medications, therapies, and ointments. However, in the case of severe diabetic foot ulcers, doctors suggest the following treatment options-

  • Debridement
  • Infection Control
  • Vascular Surgeries
  • Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
Does diabetic foot need air to heal?

No, in comparison to a foot ulcer that is left open, a moist wound will heal up to five times faster. Moreover, you can expect a faster recovery if you apply any topical medicine over the ulcer along with a good dressing throughout the day.

Is alcohol good for disinfecting diabetic foot ulcers?

Alcohol and several hydrogen peroxides can be good disinfectants but their long-term use can be unhealthy and can further slow down the healing process of the wound.

Are there any non-surgical methods for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers?

There are some alternative methods that can help manage the symptoms of acute foot ulcers. Some of the non-surgical treatment methods include the following –

  • Off-loading or TCC (Total Contact Casting)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Medications (ointments)
Are there any ointments for diabetic foot ulcers?

Some ointments or antibiotic creams such as Neomycin, Gentamycin, and Mupirocin, Neosporin, etc. are a good alternative for treating infected superficial wounds. These ointments or creams have good antibacterial coverage when used topically.

What foods should I eat during diabetic foot ulcers?

Include the following diet if you’re suffering from diabetic foot ulcer –

  • Cereals
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • BerriesBrown rice
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Fruits with the skin
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Whole-grain and high-fiber carbohydrates
What questions should I ask the doctor for my foot ulcer?

You can ask the following questions to your doctor before your foot ulcer procedure-

  • Will you have to undergo surgery multiple times to completely treat the foot ulcer?
  • Will I have any disability after ulcer surgery?
  • When will I be able to walk again?
  • Should I take a second opinion for my diabetic foot ulcer?

Foot ulceration is one of the most common complications of diabetes. It has been estimated to affect around 15% of diabetic patients during their lifetime. Out of 62 million patients who are diabetic in India, 25% develop diabetic foot ulcers. Out of these, 50% become infected, requiring hospitalization, and 20% usually need an amputation.

If you have been diagnosed with a diabetic foot ulcer and seeking treatment in Chennai, you can contact Pristyn Care and get help from our vascular specialists.

Get Advanced Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcer in Chennai At Pristyn Care

A diabetic foot ulcer is a serious complication of diabetes that cannot be managed through diet, exercise, and even insulin treatment. They most commonly form under your big toes or balls of the feet and can even affect your feet down to the bones. Though good foot care can prevent ulcers from forming, in some cases, patients often need surgical treatment to resolve this problem. Discussing the problem with the doctor is the best way to ensure that the ulcer doesn’t reach the chronic stage and is treated as soon as possible.

We provide advanced treatment for diabetic foot ulcers. We focus on simplifying the surgical experience of the patients and use the latest USFDA-approved techniques to treat diabetic foot ulcers and other vascular diseases as well. You can rely on us to provide you with optimal care regardless of the city you reside in.

Consult The Best Vascular Surgeons in Chennai To Explore Your Treatment Options

The right person to consult for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers is a vascular specialist or a podiatrist. We house a team of vascular specialists who are certified, well-trained, and highly experienced. Our doctors have been handling serious cases of diabetic foot ulcers for a very long time and they have ample knowledge and expertise in treating such problems.

The doctor will first diagnose your foot to determine the severity of the ulcer and narrow down the treatment options. If the ulcer is in the early stages, the doctor will recommend using antibiotics, off-loading, or hyperbaric oxygen therapy for initial treatment.

If the ulcer has advanced to grade 3 or above, the doctor may need to operate to clean the ulcer, remove the dead tissues, and restore the blood vessels to promote the healing of the wound. The doctor will make sure that you get comprehensive care without any compromise. Our non-medical staff also play a major role in the patient’s journey as they provide round-the-clock assistance from the beginning to the end.

Schedule Your Appointment Today & Visit the Nearest Pristyn Care Clinic for Consultation

Booking appointments with our vascular doctors is very simple. You can either call us on the number given at the top or fill out the appointment form. Our representatives will connect with you and confirm your consultation with the doctor at your convenience.

Get Free Consultation For Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment Throughout September At Pristyn Care in Chennai

Worried about the ulcer in your leg? Get in touch with us and consult with the best vascular surgeons without worrying about the cost. We are providing free consultation to people who are seeking treatment for diabetic foot ulcers. Don’t delay and discuss your problem with the experts.

Why choose Pristyn Care for diabetic foot ulcer procedure in Chennai?

We are associated with a few of the best healthcare institutions and renowned hospitals. Our hospitals facilitate modern infrastructure and advanced facilities that ensure a seamless patient experience. We provide daycare surgeries for diabetic foot ulcers, which means the patient can go home on the same day of surgery. Some of the benefits of choosing us are –

  • Highly experienced vascular surgeon- Our team of vascular surgeons is highly experienced and certified to perform advanced diabetic foot ulcer surgeries with a very high success rate. Our vascular surgeons guide each patient through the procedure of diabetic foot ulcers prior to the surgery to avoid several risks and complications involved during the surgery.
  • Insurance approval- We assist with the insurance approval for diabetic foot ulcers. However, the insurance approval depends on the type of your insurance policy and the terms and conditions set by the insurance provider.
  • Flexible payment options- We offer several payment options for the procedure. We offer a 30% discount on the diagnostic test. Pristyn Care accepts credit cards and cash payments for diabetic foot ulcers and offers treatment at zero cost EMI.
  • Free pick-up and drop facility- We provide free cab services for pick-up and drop-off to each patient within the city on the day of diabetic foot ulcer surgery.
  • Free follow-up consultation- Recovery is an essential part of the treatment. We provide free follow-up consultation along with proper diet plans to all patients who have undergone diabetic foot ulcers for a smooth recovery process.
  • COVID-19 safe environment – Pristyn Care ensures proper sanitization of all the OTs and clinics before each surgery to curb the spread of COVID. It is our top priority to maintain excellent hygiene and social distancing while providing a seamless patient experience.

 

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