SL Raheja Hospital is located in the suburb of Mahim in Mumbai It is associated with Fortis Hospitals and has established a high standard of healthcare services and medical facilities since its inception. We are one of the best multispecialty hospitals in Mumbai
S.L. Raheja Hospital (A Fortis Associate) Raheja Rugnalaya Marg, Mahim (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400016, India.
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A complication arising due to prolonged periods of high blood sugar, diabetic foot is a condition characterized by foot problems or injuries which occur due to nerve damage in the extremities and can cause ulcer and infection. The feet do not get an adequate supply of blood or oxygen due to the damage to the blood vessels. It may not seem obvious at first, but foot infections such as swollen feet are also a major effect of diabetes in a person.
There are two main conditions that afflict the foot in persons who have diabetes.
The main cause of diabetic foot is the high blood sugar levels in the body, which has been found to
damage nerves. This nerve damage results in a loss of sensation in the feet and the hands. This, in turn, has
a cascading effect where the person is unable to feel any wound or irritation in the feet, which can result
in untreated infections. These, if allowed to fester, can lead to more serious complications such as
gangrene and/or diabetic feet swelling and can require amputation.
Another effect of the nerve damage or disability is that the feet’s ability to sweat is impaired. The
resultant dry feet causes cracks, which allows germs to enter the body. Diabetes can also cause the blood
vessels to shrink and harden, which makes it harder to fight infection.
The main signs and symptoms of diabetic foot are:
There are some basic measures which can be taken to prevent this condition:
Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options available.