Abstract

DIABETIC FOOT: PREVALENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND FOOT SELF-CARE PRACTICES AMONG DIABETIC PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN PONDICHERRY

Author(s): Dheeraj Jain

Diabetes is a global epidemic with devastating human, social and economic consequences associated with various short and long-term complications, many of which, have the potential to reduce the quality of life of people with diabetes and their families. Diabetic foot associated complications are one of the most serious complications of diabetes causing morbidity. Proper diabetic foot care organisation, proper diabetes control and well-educated self-care methods to diabetics can cause significant reductions in amputations. We wanted to evaluate the knowledge with regard to foot care practises and foot self-care among diabetic patients there by identifying and addressing barriers to preventing amputations among diabetic patients.