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“Studyof clinical profile of a Diabetic foot patients”  Diabetes mellitusis a worldwide problem. Its incidence isincreasingglobally as well as it is on the rise in India. Patients with diabetesmellitus have a15% life time risk of developing a foot ulcer 1 . Foot disorders are amajor source ofmorbidity and a leading cause of hospitalization for those affectedwith diabetesmellitus. The countrieswith the largest number of people suffering from diabetes mellitusare India,United States & China 2 . In India diabetes mellitus is expected toaffect80 millionpeople by 2034.

India with 62 million people as diabetics is referred toas the “DIABETICCAPITAL” of the world. Diabetes is oneof the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputation.The threepathologies synergistically affecting the foot in a diabetic patient areneuropathy,ischemia & infection along with immune dysfunction. Approximately60%of alldiabetic foot ulcers are purely neuropathic whereas 45% have bothneuropathic andischaemic components 3 .

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Ulcers, necrotizing infections, cellulitisand gangrene arethe common modes of presentation in a diabetic foot. As we know mostpatients of diabetes mellitus have foot affections, there is lack of awarenessregarding podiatry care as foot being the most ignored part.  1.

To study theclinical and pathological pattern of foot infections in diabetic    patients. 2. To study themicrobiological flora in diabetic foot patient. 1. Studydesign/Study type-      It is a prospective, observational study 2. Studypopulation-     All the diabetic patients presenting withfoot infections of any form in the    department of surgery at our Hospital,attached to my College. 3. Sample size-     We expect atleast 30- 40 patients duringthe study period.

 4. Selectioncriteria- Adult patients of either gender. Between 18 to 80 years of age             suffering from foot infectionswith diabetes mellitus. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients will be included. 5. Datacollection procedure-     All the patients with diabetic footundertaking treatment in Hospital of    my city will be chosen from differentsurgical units in the hospital.

The patients    will be examined and data will be recorded ona pre-tested pro forma which     includes   Clinical history and examination (general and local). Routine laboratory investigations (if any) Understanding the pattern and progression of disease helps in better treatment ,planning and management towards limb salvage. Interaction with patients can lead to better counseling of patients regarding podiatry care for as to prevent future foot complications.