The prevalence of diabetes in India has risen from 7.1% in 2009 to 8.9% in 2019. Next to China, India is the country which has the maximum number of diabetes patients. It not only increases the sugar levels in the body but in the long run, it effects and gradually damages various other body parts like the eyes, kidneys, heart etc.
For the first time in the year 2018, Sun Valley Hospital came up with a exclusive concept called "Diabetic Foot Day". Celebrated on Aoril 23, this day is used in promoting the importance of foot care specially among the diabetes patients and the normal masses.
Addressing a wide crowd of patients, medical staff, doctors and media persons on the Fifth Diabetic Foot Day celebration in the premises of Sun Valley Hospital, senior diabetologist, Dr Sudhir Kumar Jain said-- " the diabetic foot is the most neglected field of the medicine study. India has a total of 80 million diabetes patients. Out of every 6 diabetes patient, 1 of them suffer from diabetic foot. When we say about a diabetic foot, it means that the person may either suffer from either infection or ulcer in the legs or foot. Another statistics say that in every 30 seconds, in the world, one of the patient loose their either leg or foot due to the ulcer caused by diabetes".
It was highlighted that a proper treatment had a huge role to play in case of a diabetes patient. if the patient is treated properly, 85% of the patients can be saved from having conditions like foot ulcers or septic foot due to diabetes.In most of the cases, a simple infection is seen in most cases before it turns to be a huge infection, which infects or damages the whole leg. In 85% of the people it is seen that it mostly turns septic from a small wound. Dr Jain also mentioned that the total number of legs which are cut by the doctor include 70% foot which belongs to diabetes patients.
It was highlighted that a proper treatment had a huge role to play in case of a diabetes patient. if the patient is treated properly, 85% of the patients can be saved from having conditions like foot ulcers or septic foot due to diabetes. Dr Jain highlighted that as "prevention is better than cure", it is important that we educate the people regarding such future conditions.
Concluding his note in the meeting, the senior diabetologist said that it is extremely important for every doctor to thoroughly assess the foot of each and every diabetes patient they receive from the very first consultation with the patient.
Dr Jain has successfully treated many diabetes patients have now launched a project called - Project Charansparsh, where they encourage the common man to take care of the foot of the diabetes patients .