Health – This weekend the third symposium “Therapeutic Management of the Diabetic Foot” was held at the Fundación Divino Niño in Ciudad Ojeda, aimed at health workers from the state of Zulia, on the east coast of the lake.
This activity is aimed at doctors, nursing staff, paramedics, psychologists and medical students. It had key panelists as exponents who explained about the prevention, occurrence, development, treatment and cure of diabetic foot.
Lilia Milagros Borjas, an internist, explained that the diabetic foot is the most frequent cause of hospitalization for people with diabetes and, therefore, the most expensive in terms of treatment. Hospital stay of a patient with diabetic foot – they explained – with an average hospital stay of 17 to 24 days as opposed to 7 to 10 days for other causes, infection is the leading cause of hospital admission (60 to 70% of cases).
Borjas, an internist, cautioned that hospitalized patients with diabetes are 15 to 25 times more likely to have an amputation. According to statistics, every 30 seconds a patient in the world is diagnosed with diabetic foot complications.
plantar compression and rehabilitation
On this topic, Doctor Nestor Borjas, Physiatrist and Chiropractor, addresses the pressing aspects of relieving pressure from the plantar of the diabetic foot, especially in the points of greatest pressure, where ulcers usually occur.
For this purpose, physiatrists emphasize the benefits used to normalize plantar pressure, including only dressings, temporary therapeutic shoes, removable devices, and eventually surgical intervention. With regard to the use of non-removable splints, he stresses that these are more effective in plantar ulcers.
Know how to nurture
Nutritionist Aloisouri Fanite talks about the importance of good nutritional control in patients with diabetes. He stresses that nutrition plays an essential role in the healing process of chronic wounds, as it requires the supply of nutrients that help restore the skin and metabolic stabilization of the patient.
He stresses that in patients with diabetic foot it is important to supplement with omega 3, vitamins A, D and magnesium as well as probiotics which contribute to metabolic maintenance and help reduce ulcer size.
mental and emotional state
Maria Garcia, psychologist, cited emotional disorders as the main reasons why patients with diabetes should be treated psychologically: stress 21%, depression 17%, and anxiety 48%.
The psychologist believes that there is a lot of emotional burden on the patient during the diabetic foot procedure, which should be treated comprehensively and separately from each case. Regarding family support, he recommended that its members should study diabetes as a disease and approach its process with passion and good emotional management.