Prevention and Care for Diabetic Foot Issues

People suffering from diabetes are at risk of developing foot problem. There is an estimation of one out of 10 struggling with foot ulcer because of this condition, at least once in their lifetime. Diabetes is also a common cause for limb amputation, which is not related to any traumatic condition but 80% amputations are predicted to be due to foot ulceration [according to NICE 2016].

In Birmingham, foot ulcers have adversely affected people’s life quality. NICE has highlighted prevention and management of diabetic foot problems. Five key elements to prevent diabetic foot problems in Birmingham are identified.

  • Identifying at-risk foot
  • Education of patient, healthcare providers and family
  • Regular inspection & examination of at-risk foot
  • Pre-ulcerative sign treatment
  • Wear appropriate routine footwear

At-risk patient is described as ‘patient with diabetes suffering from peripheral neuropathy with peripheral artery disease, or with or without foot deformity, or amputation of leg/foot [a part], or foot ulcer/s history’. It is recommended that every diabetic patient needs to have their foot examined once every year and those with risk factor need to go for check-up on the basis of their risk category.

Integrated approach

Practically, patient education to prevent foot ulcer is not sufficient but incorporating healthcare providers and family will help to enhance their knowledge and skills. Moreover, offer motivation to sustain foot care, which is an incorporated approach towards preventive care.

Treatment for diabetes foot ulcers

Evaluating foot wound includes assessment of cause, type, depth, and infection site. Treatment of foot ulcer is supported by key elements including

  • Pressure relief and ulcer protection
  • Restoring skin perfusion
  • Infection treatment
  • Local wound care
  • Metabolic control & co-morbidity treatment
  • Patient & relative teaching
  • Prevention of recurrence

Holistic treatment approach is regarded as good practise.

Choose A Suitable Stair Lift That Fits Your Staircases

In Somerset, the people who are disabled and cannot walk on their own need support to walk. They use wheelchairs to go somewhere but it is used only for flat surfaces. If they need to go down from the stairs, they are unable to do that with the help of wheelchairs. So, for those people you can buy stair lifts in Somerset that are available for different types of staircases. You can choose a one according to the type of staircase in your home and install it correctly to make their life easy.

Design in stair lift

  • For straight staircases – if you are having straight staircases in your home, then it is recommended to install the stair lift. It is the most common type of stair lift that runs along the straight rail. The installation might become problematic if the staircases are particularly narrow.

If the design of your staircases is mostly straight but it is curved at the top right, then you can buy straight stair lift with a bridging platform that enables the lift to land easily. They are generally less expensive as straight stairlift are easy to install.

  • For curved staircases – the staircases which are curved need the curved stair lifts that can turn around from the corner. The installation of curved stair lifts is more complex as compared to the straight ones. It requires arranging for the curved rails so that it fits the accurate shape of staircases. This is the reason that the product is very costly.
  • For Outdoor – outdoor stair lifts are installed outside on a pair of stairs that are following at the front door or may be down to the backyard or garden. They are mostly the same as curved and indoor straight stair lifts, but they are built by weather-resistant products.