Guwahati, April 24: Sun Valley Hospital initiated Diabetic Foot Day on April 23 to spread awareness about the importance of feet in our lives and how its negligence can affect the ability to do anything. The day will be celebrated on April 23 every year, it was decided in a meet.
The meet was chaired by Dr Sudhir Kr Jain, MS PhD., foot surgeon and Abhoy Kr Hazarika, Managing Director, Sun Valley Hospital. Chief guests GL Agarwalla, eminent social worker, renowned journalist and Kuladhar Saikia, Director General of Police (Special), Sahitya Academy Awardee graced the occasion with their presence.
Sun Valley Hospital with its multidisciplinary medical team is providing unique service to the people of entire Northeast India for more than last one decade and has successfully treated thousands of feet having septic complications and saved them from amputation.
The initiative ‘Diabetic Foot Day’ by Sun Valley Hospital will be unique day to celebrate as a step towards creating awareness about the ailment.
On the occasion, the hospital plans to undertake various activities like – free diabetic foot check up, awareness program for prevention of diabetic foot ulcer and sepsis, proper use of foot wear among others.
The programme also included the launch and implementation of project ‘Charan Sparsh’, a brainchild of Dr Sudhir Kumar Jain, Director and Chief Podiatry Surgeon, Department Of Diabetes Limb Complication and Foot Care, Sun Valley Hospital.
Charan Sparsh is a public awareness initiative regarding the importance of feet and their protection, focusing on prevention of Diabetic Foot.
About the initiative, Dr Jain said “I feel foot complications carry a tremendous socio-economic impact on today’s society. It is because of our feet that we could achieve the present day developed status of civilization but we forget their significance in our lives by not taking care of them. Considering the epidemic form of Diabetes Mellitus in India, diabetes population will surpass 70 million by 2030 compared to more than 30 million in 2000”. “With proper care and treatment, about 85% of foot problems can be successfully managed”, Jain added.
Foot problems are common in people with diabetes, which is mainly due to three factors:
Neuropathy: It mainly leads to loss of sensation making them vulnerable to increasing-noticed injuries in our day to day activities such prick, burn, excessive pressure on sole injuries among others.
Vasculopathy: This is lack of blood supply to the feet leading to gangrene as well as delayed healing.
Hyperglycemia: This is high blood sugar which invites infection by pathogenic bacteria (germs). If these are not treated in time, then these may ultimately lead to untimely loss of foot or life of the patients.
In fact, one diabetic foot is amputated in the world every 30 seconds.