Important news for people suffering from diabetic foot problems: a new orthopedic specialist clinic has just opened at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center for the treatment and prevention of diabetic foot problems.
Until now, many patients in the area were forced to travel long distances to faraway medical centers and wait extended periods of time to receive treatment by specialists. As a result, Mayanei Hayeshua’s Director of the Orthopedic Unit Dr. Itai Holzer, recruited Dr. Matti Nof, one of the best-known specialists in the field in Israel, who has established a special orthopedic clinic for the treatment of diabetic foot problems. The clinic already treats a range of medical foot problems, including early preventative treatment.
“Diabetic foot” is defined by the International Health Organization as an infection, ulcer, or damage to the foot tissue, which are a result of nerve damage and different levels of peripheral vascular disease. Some uncontrolled diabetic patients are expected to develop diabetic foot problems at some point in their lives. Foot injuries among diabetic patients are the main cause of subsequent amputations, and a common reason for repeated hospitalizations among this population. A patient’s foot will be at risk when one or more of the following develop:
Proper care is vital for maintaining foot health and preventing complications, unnecessary pain and hospitalizations. It is important to incorporate all the activities listed below as part of a daily regimen.
Balanced Sugar Levels – maintaining balanced blood sugar levels can prevent or delay complications of a diabetic foot, as well as other complications of diabetes. Proper nutrition is paramount, as is exercise, taking all medications, and tracking blood sugar levels in accordance with the medical team’s instructions.
At the new clinic, the doctors and staff members direct the patients and their families to perform a daily test and to properly care for the foot.
Good Hygiene – daily personal examination of the feet; wearing the right socks; resting and keeping feet at a high angle; trimming toenails; wearing the right shoes; maintaining optimal metabolic balance – including constantly monitoring glucose, HBA1C, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, BMI; adhering to good diet habits and regular exercise; avoiding smoking; avoiding burns; and avoiding walking barefoot at home or outdoors.