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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 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.



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:




Carrots Broccoli

Complications of untreated diabetic foot ulcer:


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


  • Poor Circulation
  • High Blood Sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Nerve damage
  • Hypertension
  • Venous insufficiency


  • Swelling, discoloration, and warmth around the wound
  • Foul-smelling discharge seeping from the wound
  • Pain and firmness when the wound is touched
  • Callused or thickened skin surrounding the ulcer
  • Fever and chills in advanced stages of foot ulcers


Checking the ankle with infection for confirming Diabetic Foot Ulcers


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 your leg for more cuts, blisters, scratches, etc. that 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.


At Pristyn Care, we make sure that every person who needs advanced diabetic foot ulcer treatment in Chennai 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 in 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 doctor in Chennai and undergo surgery after learning everything about the treatment procedures. You can either get treatment under Pristyn Care vascular doctors or also seek their help to get a second opinion for the treatment of the diabetic foot ulcer.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Maunil Bhuta

MBBS, MD (Radio Diagnosis), DNB, FENI

8 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

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 delayt 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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Learn All About Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Seek Advanced Care with 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.

However, you should understand the consequences of leaving a diabetic foot ulcer untreated. It can lead to amputation or may become life-threatening over time. When you consult a doctor, they will most certainly advise you to undergo diabetic foot ulcer surgery to promote healing of the wound.

With Pristyn Care, you can find the best doctors and undergo diabetic foot ulcer surgery in Chennai cost-effectively. We have clinics and partnered hospitals all across Chennai to ensure that everyone who is suffering due to a foot ulcer can get advanced treatment without worrying about the treatment expenses. Contact us and visit the nearest clinic to consult the specialists.

Consult the Best Diabetic Foot Ulcer Surgeon in Chennai for An Effective Solution

Pristyn Care houses the best team of vascular surgeons in Chennai who are also known as diabetic foot ulcer specialists. Our doctors have ample experience in treating such vascular problems safely and precisely.

During the consultation, the surgeon will diagnose your condition thoroughly and recognize the extent of the damage. Then an ideal method of treatment will be chosen to treat the ulcerated wound.

The doctor will provide you with detailed information about the surgical procedure to help you make the right decision. With your consent, the doctor will move ahead with the treatment and resolve the problem. Pristyn Care doctors even provide post-surgery care and free follow-ups to ensure that the patients get optimal care.

How can I prevent a diabetic foot ulcer from developing again?

Once you get the diabetic foot ulcer treated properly, you need to pay attention to the foot to avoid the same problem in the future. For double assurance, when you seek treatment under Pristyn Care, our diabetic foot ulcer doctors provide detailed instructions for proper foot care. The tips that will prevent foot problems include:

  • Taking care of overall health and maintaining the blood sugar levels optimally.
  • Wash your feet in warm water and keep them dry and clean.
  • Keeping the feet moisturized to prevent the skin from breaking out.
  • Checking your feel for sores, calluses, blisters, and other injuries every day.
  • Protecting your feet from extreme heat and cold.
  • Stop drinking and smoking at the earliest as these habits can make the foot problem worse.

If your feet are injured, contact a diabetic foot ulcer doctor in Chennai without any delay.

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

Pristyn Care is associated with a few of the best healthcare institutions and renowned hospitals in Chennai. 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 Pristyn Care are –

  • Highly experienced vascular surgeon- Our team of vascular surgeons is highly experienced and certified to perform advanced diabetic foot ulcer surgeries for 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.
  • Personal Care Buddy- Pristyn Care has a unique concept of a ‘personal care buddy’ who is present with the patient on the day of the surgery. The personal care buddy handles all the paperwork and miscellaneous formalities from admission to the hospital till discharge.
  • Insurance approval- Pristyn Care assists 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- Pristyn Care offers 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 No Cost EMI.
  • Free pick-up and drop facility- Pristyn Care provides 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. Pristyn Care provides free follow-up consultation along with proper diet plans to all the 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 the COVID. It is our top priority to maintain excellent hygiene and social distancing while providing a seamless patient experience.

Book an appointment with the best vascular surgeon for diabetic foot ulcers in Chennai.

Pristyn Care has some of the best vascular surgeons with years of experience and specialization in performing successful foot ulcer surgeries. All the specialists are well trained and skilled in performing advanced treatment for the best outcomes with almost no risks. You can book an appointment with the top vascular surgeons in Chennai through Pristyn Care for your foot ulcer surgery in the following ways:

  • Fill out the patient form on our website A team of medical coordinators will reach out to you at the earliest and gather details from your end once the form is submitted. They will subsequently fix an appointment with the concerned vascular surgeon according to your schedule.
  • Connect directly with our medical coordinators via the contact number on our website. Our medical coordinators will connect you with the vascular surgeon near your area and book an appointment consecutively.
  • You can also book an appointment through our Pristyn Care app. Our medical coordinators will arrange an offline or online consultation with some of the best vascular surgeons near your area at the earliest via video call. A nominal consultation fee will be charged.
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