Multidisciplinary Foot Clinics Impact on the Diabetic World

Chavan Williams

Abstract


In today’s society, diabetes is a prevalent illness afflicting people of various races, ages, genders and social statuses(1). Diabetes is a chronic illness in which the body is unable to break down sugars due to poor insulin production and function(3). Diabetes can be classified as type I or as type II, and may be categorized as moderate or advanced. In type I diabetes, a person isn’t able to produce insulin, while someone with type II diabetes cannot produce enough insulin and suffers from “insulin resistance”(3). Diabetic patients may suffer from health complications as the illness becomes more advanced, such as foot complications. Often, foot complications can result in amputation of the lower limbs or in some cases, mortality. To address this problem, multidisciplinary foot clinics have been created to aid patients, reduce mortality rates, and decrease the occurrence of limb amputations. These programs provide information to diabetic patients and their families, providing foot-oriented treatments and monitoring patients’ progress through after care. This article will argue that the practices and procedures in multidisciplinary foot clinics help significantly reduce diabetic foot complications, resulting in amputation or death for diabetic patients.

Keywords


foot clinics; diabetes; type I diabetes; type II diabetes

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13034/jsst.v8i3.96

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