‘Diabetic foot disease can have serious consequences’

Stating that diabetic foot disease is seen in 15 percent of diabetic patients, Assoc. Dr. Bilgehan Çatal said, “Almost one-third of diabetic patients are at risk of developing diabetic foot disease in their lifetime. Diabetic foot disease, if left untreated, can lead to serious consequences such as loss of feeling in the feet, wounds and infections.

Released: 24.05.2023 – 07:00

Update: 24.05.2023 – 07:00


Emphasizing that diabetes patients should check their feet regularly, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Bilgehan Çatal said, “Especially the spaces between the toes should be cleaned and care should be taken not to keep them moist. In addition, wearing appropriate shoes and avoiding walking barefoot is an important method of prevention,” he said, warning about diabetic foot disease.

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Stating that exercise is of great importance in the prevention of diabetic foot disease, Assoc. Dr. Çatal said, “Exercises help keep blood sugar under control and increase blood circulation in the feet. However, diabetics need to avoid activities that can harm their feet, especially. Diabetes patients should check their feet regularly and consult a doctor immediately if any signs of wound or infection are seen. It is also important to treat foot wounds in a sterile environment and to use appropriate antibiotics to prevent infections. Diabetic foot syndrome can have serious consequences if left untreated. For this reason, it is vital that diabetic patients take care of their foot health and have regular check-ups.

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